A man who delivered an uppercut to the mouth of another man, causing a serious injury to his lip, has been jailed for 10 months.
Mold Crown Court was told that Dominic Edwards, 23, was under the influence of drink and drugs and was not of control of his senses.
Judge Niclas Parry, sitting at Mold Crown Court, said that it was unprovoked violence – he hit him so hard his own knuckle was cut down to the bone.
An earlier hearing heard that the victim’s lip was left virtually hanging off and that it needed 38 stitches.
Edwards, of Hafan Deg, Holywell, admitted a wounding charge and was told it was aggravated by the fact he had two previous convictions for assault and that the latest attack occurred when he was just four months out of a suspended prison sentence for an unrelated matter.
The court heard how victim Paul James Davies, 36, had been out with friends in the Mold area on April 13.
Shortly after 11 pm he and his friends arrived at the Vic in Holywell High Street and the group moved outside to have a cigarette. The defendant was outside with a second group.
An argument started between a member of that group and the complainant’s girlfriend during which she was subjected to abuse.
Mr Davies intervened and told them to leave it, then turned away to walk back inside.
It was then that Edwards came up from behind and punched him.
David Mainstone, prosecuting, described it as an “uppercut” which caused him to bite down on his own lip.
“It caused a significant injury,” he said.
Another member of the group – not the defendant – was heard to say he deserved it.
Police went to arrest Edwards at his home in the early hours and he tried to escape into the garden but was caught.
In a victim impact statement, Mr Davies said his lip had healed but it had left a lump.
There was a “tightness” when he smiled and he was conscious of it and it had left a scar, of which he was also conscious.
Simon Rogers, defending, said it was accepted it was a serious injury and he did not seek to minimise it by saying the damage was cosmetic. There were no additional physical problems.
The best mitigation was his client’s early guilty plea and while in custody he was undertaking alcohol courses, anger management and victim awareness.
He was in a relationship, and his girlfriend had suggested to him that they should move away from the area and start afresh and put his offending behaviour behind him.
Edwards had difficulty with drugs, particularly cocaine, and he was also hoping to address that while in custody.