Assault victim left with big dental bill

PUBLISHED: 06:16 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:44 31 May 2010

A MAN who was assaulted in a Saffron Walden pub, had to spend £2000 on dental repairs after a front tooth was knocked out, a court heard on Friday. Building worker Michael Eldred, 24, was before Chelmsford Crown Court for sentence after a jury convicted

A MAN who was assaulted in a Saffron Walden pub, had to spend £2000 on dental repairs after a front tooth was knocked out, a court heard on Friday.

Building worker Michael Eldred, 24, was before Chelmsford Crown Court for sentence after a jury convicted him last month of causing actual bodily harm to 25-year-old, Bishop's Stortford man Gareth Hall, on May 26 last year.

Mr Justice Penry-Davey, said: "Gareth Hall's injuries were not only painful and unsightly but expensive."

The incident occurred at The Temeraire, Saffron Walden, following tensions between two groups of people in the pub.

Mr Hall was about to leave when Eldred, of Radwinter Road, Saffron Walden, walked towards him and punched him in the face, then delivered two further blows. Mr Hall was struck with such force that he lost his front tooth.

Mr Justice Penry-Davey, added: "Although the offence merited imprisonment he was able to suspend the sentence because Eldred had not been in trouble before and now accepted full responsibility for the incident and had shown remorse and regret."

Eldred denied the charge and maintained he was acting in self-defence. Cranston Morris, mitigating, said Eldred now accepted completely the basis of the jury's verdict that he himself was the aggressor.

Eldred, was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 40 hours unpaid community work.

Eldred was also ordered to pay £2000 in compensation to Mr Hall and £300 towards prosecution costs.

Mr Cranston said: "He allowed his emotions and anger to get the better of him that night."

Eldred, who worked for his father's building firm, was willing to pay compensation and also wished to express his remorse to the victim.

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