Dancefloor dispute leads to single punch

ONE punch landed a teenager with 80 hours of unpaid work after he admitted assault by beating at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

John Junior Gaskin, 18, of Trent Road, Grantham, was dancing in a nightclub when something happened between him and the victim.

The doorstaff threw Gaskin and the victim out.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said a witness saw Gaskin run towards the victim and hit him in the temple as hard as he could.

Gaskin then ran down Westgate, Grantham, towards Next.

He was arrested a short time later.

The victim suffered a swollen right eye, a cut to his face, a bruise on his temple and a lump on the back of his head.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said: “He threw one punch at the victim. He did think he punched him in the chest but he accepts that it was to the side of the head.

“He admitted this to the police and explained that he had had a lot of alcohol.”

Gaskin was ordered to pay £100 compensation by Grantham magistrates as well as £85 costs.

He was given a 12 month community order with an unpaid work requirement of 80 hours.