35-YEAR-OLD PLEADS GUILTY TO FRACTURING MAN’S CHEEK BONE DURING ASSAULT

35-year-old Rory Scott will appear before the Crown Court for sentencing after admitting to punching a man 3 times outside Halfords in Newport, causing significant facial injuries.

Scott, of Heathfield Road in Freshwater, appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent – a charge he pleaded guilty to at the first opportunity.

Liz Miller, prosecuting, told the court that it was around 09:05 on 20th May that Police received a call from a male stating his friend – Joel Robertson – had been assaulted at Town Gate retail park off St James’ Street. It was claimed that Rory Scott had punched Mr Robertson 3 times in total.

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It was later discovered at hospital that the victim had sustained a fractured cheekbone, a badly broken nose and lacerations to the inside of his mouth.

A large amount of blood was evident on the pavement outside the shopping outlet leading to a cordon being erected, as previously reported by Island Echo.

Defending, Barry Arnett said his client accepts he punched Mr Robertson and that his actions were wrong, but that it was in response to the victim threatening to stab him on multiple occasions previously.

The case has been adjourned to the Isle of Wight Crown Court for sentencing on 13th December. Rory Scott has been given unconditional bail.

Editor’s footnote: We are happy to correct that the charge is one without intent. It was initially reported that the charge was with intent.

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