Man jailed for five years for breaking runner’s jaw

Oxford Crown Court

Oxford Crown Court

A man who broke a Banbury runner’s jaw in three places has been jailed for five years.

Denis Mawle, 55, of Wormleighton, was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court this morning (Thursday).

At a previous hearing he had been found guilty of GBH with intent.

Mawle attacked record-breaking marathon runner James Zarei, 70, on September 27 last year as Mr Zarei was jogging around Grimsbury Reservoir.

Mr Zarei was running when Mawle’s dog, a border collie named Pip, began to follow him. Mawle phoned to ask a fisherman he knew at the far end of the reservoir to look out for the dog while he waited for Mr Zarei to complete his circuit. Mawle then confronted Mr Zarei, using abusive language, because he had not stopped running despite the dog following behind. He then punched Mr Zarei in the face and the pair slid down an embankment.

During a trial held last month, Mr Zarei told the court Mawle then repeatedly kicked him in the face, breaking his jaw in three places,

Mr Zarei was taken to hospital where he later had metal plates and screws fitted to his jaw.

Eileen Bleach, who was also walking her dogs at the reservoir on the day of the attack, described Mr Zarei as “a kind gentle man who wouldn’t hurt a fly.”




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