Chip-throwing yob broke victim's jaw at Hull city centre takeaway
A YOB knocked a man unconscious and broke his jaw in a fast-food shop following an argument over throwing chips.
Joseph Robin Donachie, 21, was drunkenly throwing chips in a city takeaway when he was confronted by angry customers.
When Toni Pymer challenged him about his behaviour, Donachie, of Wingfield Road, Bilton Grange, threatened her then attacked her friend Samuel Hagger.
Donachie punched Mr Hagger to the side of the face, knocking him unconscious to the floor and breaking his jaw.
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The assault happened on July 14 at the Chicken and George takeaway in Paragon Square, Hull city centre.
Hull Crown Court heard Mr Hagger and his friend were sitting waiting for food when Donachie started throwing chips.
When Miss Pymer challenged him he told her to "shut up" and called her a "fat cow".
Prosecutor Jane Bryan said: "It is clear Mr Hagger remained seated and didn't involve himself in the argument and turned away from him, despite the defendant throwing chips at him.
"He then punched him with considerable force to the left hand side of his face. It caused him to black out and he fell to the floor motionless for a few seconds."
Mr Hagger was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary, where it was discovered his jaw had been broken.
Donachie's barrister Claire Holmes said: "This defendant recognises that the catalyst for this offending is his use of alcohol.
"He drinks too much and it causes him to behave in this manner. It was disgraceful behaviour. He is ashamed of his behaviour and extremely remorseful."
Donachie pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
The Honorary Recorder of Hull and the East Riding, Judge Michael Mettyear, jailed him for two and a half years.
The judge told him: "You drink far too much and you misbehave.
"It seems to me that, particularly when you are in drink, you are a person who is prone to violence and violence on people going about their own business.
"It was absolutely disgraceful conduct by you going into the takeaway throwing chips.
"Throwing them about must have been causing distress and concern to people in there who were forced to watch your behaviour.
"It was brave conduct by this young lady to challenge you about that and what did she get for it? Insults and threats. She bravely kept her corner and for that you accused her, to the Probation Service, of provoking you.
"She was just acting as a decent, law-abiding citizen telling you your conduct was not acceptable. Although it was one punch, it was a hard punch that caused very serious injury to this young man.
"If you don't sort yourself out you will find yourself serving long prison sentences.
"It is this sort of conduct at night in drink in public places that is not acceptable. This case requires a substantial sentence to be imposed to make you realise this is not acceptable behaviour and partly because the public deserve a rest from your drunken violent behaviour."
Donachie has previous convictions for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm.