Man attacked 'for turning on light'

A MAN who had his jaw broken in his own home by a friend of his lodger has described the eight-month sentence given to his attacker as “deplorable”.Nicky Escott, 32, who had been sleeping on a settee, carried out the “nasty” attack after Gary Sibley woke him by turning on a light.

A MAN who had his jaw broken in his own home by a friend of his lodger has described the eight-month sentence given to his attacker as “deplorable”.

Nicky Escott, 32, who had been sleeping on a settee, carried out the “nasty” attack after Gary Sibley woke him by turning on a light.

Mr Sibley, of London Road, Elvedon, said he was angry that Escott could be released after serving just four months of his sentence.

“I suffered more than four months pain after what he did to me. I had metal bars round my top and bottom teeth held together with wire for nine weeks and lost three-and-a-half stone in weight because I had to have all my food liquidised”, he said.


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Mr Sibley, a sales and marketing co-ordinator, said he had been unable to claim sick pay while he was off work as he had just started a new job and as a result he had been left more than £1,000 out of pocket.

“I don't feel justice has been done at all. I would have expected him to have got at least 12 months”, he added.

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Mr Sibley said that, seven months after the attack, he still experienced pain from the injury and was unable to eat certain foods that needed a lot of chewing.

Escott, of Bryan Walk, Thetford admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Sibley and was jailed for eight months.

Sentencing him at Ipswich Crown Court, Judge John Devaux described the attack as “nasty” and said it had made a profound impact on Mr Sibley.

He said Escott had struck a single blow which had unintended consequences, and added there was no point in ordering Escott to pay compensation, as he had no money.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said that on October 10, Mr Sibley had got up to go to work at 6.45am and had gone into his kitchen.

Escott, who was a friend of Mr Sibley's lodger, had been asleep on the settee despite being asked to leave the premises by Mr Sibley the previous night.

Escott approached Mr Sibley in the kitchen and had struck him on the side of the face knocking him to the ground, the court heard.

The police were called and Escott had told officers that Mr Sibley had deserved what had happened to him.

Mr Sibley was taken to hospital and spent four days there after having his jaw wired under a general anaesthetic.

Simon Gladwell, for Escott, said his client had struck a single blow and had not intended to cause such a serious injury.

He said Escott believed that Mr Sibley had deliberately turned on a light to wake him up but accepted that he had no reason to attack him in the way he did.

He said Escott had left his job because of mental health problems and had tried to commit suicide.

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