Men sentenced after town centre assault

Tomas McLaughlin NNL-150331-105819001
Tomas McLaughlin NNL-150331-105819001

Two men have been sentenced for grievous bodily harm after punching a 19-year-old man in Banbury, leaving him with three fractures to his jaw.

Tomas McLaughlin, 23, and Daniel Lewis, 18, pleaded to guilty to one count of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm at Oxford Crown Court on March 19. They were sentenced the same day.

McLaughlin, of Bretch Hill, Banbury, was given a two-year prison sentence and Lewis, of Millers Way, Middleton Cheney, was given a deferred sentence for six months, with conditions of a curfew with tag and 180 hours community service.

The incident happened on May 5 last year in the Market Place, with the victim requiring surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford to fit metal plates to his jaw.

Detective constable Sam Bonner of Banbury Force CID, said: “This is a robust sentence and reflects the seriousness of the incident. Thames Valley Police and the courts take violent crime very seriously and this sentence shows that if you go into the town centre and commit a violent crime you can expect a robust punishment.”