Knocked out cold on Spalding dance floor - and needed surgery

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ASSAULT victim Haydn Clarke was knocked out cold on the dance floor at Spalding nightclub Loaded and later had two metal plates inserted in his face to mend a fractured cheekbone.

A court heard Mr Clarke had been “chatting up” Ashley Wilson’s girlfriend before Wilson knocked him unconscious with a single punch.

The next thing the victim remembered was coming round in a back room.

Jim Clare, prosecuting at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, said Mr Clarke was covered in blood and had a “massive pain” to the right side of his face.

Reading from Mr Clarke’s statement, Mr Clare said: “I knew I had been hit. I did not know why or by whom.”

Mr Clarke went to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital before being referred to Lincoln County Hospital, where he had surgery.

Wilson (19), of Race Ground, Spalding, pleaded guilty on Thursday to unlawfully inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Clarke on March 18 this year.

Magistrates decided their powers were not great enough to deal with Wilson’s case and he must now appear at Lincoln Crown Court to be sentenced.

Wilson had his bail renewed with conditions including one of non-contact with Mr Clarke.

Solicitor Mark Hudson, mitigating, said when police spoke to Wilson he told them straight away: “Yes, I hit him”.

Mr Hudson said Wilson’s girlfriend had approached him and said Mr Clarke was chatting her up.

Wilson delivered a single punch but had not intended to cause the injury that Mr Clarke suffered and was very remorseful.

Mr Hudson continued: “He said having hit him, he walked away and thought ‘what have I done? I should not have done it’.”

Wilson was at a local petrol station on May 2 when Mr Clarke approached and asked why he had done what he had done.

Mr Hudson said Mr Clarke’s father then got involved and Wilson ran out of the garage, leaving his car there.

Wilson had worked with children as a football coach and had to give that up because of the assault. He is now unemployed.

The court heard Wilson and Mr Clarke knew one another – Mr Clarke had described Wilson as “a friend of a friend”.