Suspended sentences for Hatfield GBH pair who broke teenager’s jaw

TWO men who broke a teenager’s jaw when they punched and stamped on him at a house party have avoided prison.

John Bishop and friend Kian Lloyd, both 23, turned up at the house in Green Croft, Hatfield, after Lloyd’s younger sister phoned him complaining about partygoer Roberto Di Tella.

St Albans Crown Court was told mechanic Bishop asked the teenager “what’s your problem?” before punching him to the ground where Lloyd stamped on the victim.

Andrea Scott Lynch, prosecuting, said the chain of events which led to the attack on September 13 last year, began with a complaint about noise from a neighbour.

Lloyd’s sister, who was at the party, had a “coming together” with Mr Di Tella about keeping the noise down. He argued with her and called her a “slag”.

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The girl then rang her brother, who was out drinking with Bishop, and they went to the party to confront Mr Di Tella.

Mr Di Tella was treated at the QE2 Hospital, WGC for a broken jaw and cuts and abrasions, bruises to his face, and a laceration under his eye and on his cheek.

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Ignatius Fesal, defending Lloyd, an unemployed plasterer, admitted his client had carried out a “brutal attack”.

He was a protective brother, who had overreacted when his sister rang and said she had been assaulted.

Liam Walker, representing Bishop, added his client admitted he had been “an idiot”.

Bishop, of Hare Lane, Hatfield, and Lloyd, of The Pastures, Hatfield, both admitted GBH.

They were given four-month jail terms, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 150 hours community service.

Compensation of �2,770 was awarded to Mr Di Tella; �2,000 from Bishop and a lesser sum of �770 from Lloyd because he has no job.

Judge Michael Baker said: “There was a complaint about noise at a party keeping a child awake.

“There was a row between Lloyd’s sister and the victim.

“Some time later, when the victim could reasonably feel the problem was over, the two of you turned up and assaulted him, wholly without justification.

“Any grievance was little more than an impulsive drink-fuelled excuse to use violence.”

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