A man was hit so hard by his sister’s partner following a drunken argument after playing cards that his cheek bones separated from his skull.
Amazingly despite “being hit with sufficient force to disarticulate his face from his skull” the victim did not need surgery and has apparently recovered after the attack.
A court heard that victim Rafal Malara and his attacker, Pawel Kosmider did not get on and the row started and violence after the two men and Mr Malara’s dad were on their second bottle of vodka.
At the time 35-year-old Kosmider had a suspended prison sentence hanging over him for drink driving, which was subsequently activated.
Ordering Kosmider to pay the injured man £1,000 compensation, Judge Clement Goldstone QC, the Recorder of Liverpool commented, “If you did not like him before you will probably like him less now but I see no reason why the public authorities should be obliged to compensate him in full for his injuries.”
He sentenced the defendant, who was assisted in the dock by a Polish interpreter, to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered him to carry out 200 hours unpaid work and to attend 40 days rehabilitation activities.
Judge Goldstone additionally ordered him to pay £1,200 prosecution costs after he has paid the compensation at the rate of £100 per month.
Liverpool Crown Court was told that on the afternoon of October 18, 2017 the defendant was at his home in Leicester Street, Warrington, with his partner, her 45-year-old brother Mr Malara and his father and the men were playing cards.
“Initially the atmosphere was pleasant and they were having a good time. The defendant was serving vodka, drinking quickly and frequently topping everyones glasses. The men stopped playing cards but continued drinking,” said Raymond Smith, prosecuting.
“Some time after the men commenced drinking the second bottle of vodka the atmosphere started to deteriorate. The defendant started to become argumentative and accused the victim’s father of pushing him.
“The victim approached the defendant and demanded to know what he was doing. In response he punched him hard to the face and the victim fell to the floor. The defendant’s partner telephoned the ambulance service and paramedics and the police arrived and Kosmider was arrested” said Mr Smith.
It was found at hospital that the victim had suffered broken cheek bones but he did not need surgery.
When interviewed by police the defendant said he had only pushed the victim’s father gently “and it was part of a joke involving mutual allegations of cheating on the card game. He claimed he had hit the victim in self-defence after he swung a punch at him.
The court heard that Kosmider has committed 11 previous offences in the UK after coming here 11 years ago and has ten convictions in Poland and Italy, including one for battery.
Kosmider, a 35-year-old warehouseman and fork truck lift driver, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Gareth Roberts, defending, said, “He accepts he acted unlawfully and regretted it, he knows what he did was bad.
“There is on ongoing feud between the two men, they did not like each other.”
He has a partner and he works hard to support her, their five-year-old twins and her teenage child but “occasionally alcohol is an issue which is negative factor”, said Mr Roberts.