Landlord Glen Jordan broke tenant's cheekbone over rent cash for Hessle home
A LANDLORD who fractured his tenant's cheekbone after a dispute over rent has been spared jail.
Businessman Glen Jordan, 55, had an argument with tenant Luke Carter, 34, when he failed to pay his rent for a property in Tower Hill, Hessle.
The pair had an argument which resulted in Jordan punching his tenant five times in the face, fracturing his cheekbone.
Prosecutor Jharna Jobes told Hull Crown Court: "The complainant indicated to the defendant he was not going to pay his rent just at that time because there had been a fire.
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"The fire officer was due to visit the property to see if it was inhabitable.
"The defendant attended his home and was not very happy about that course of action.
"The complainant said there was an assault in the hallway.
"Perhaps it was a case of six-to-one, half-a-dozen to the other, but what happened was in excess of self-defence.
"The defendant started assaulting him outside the property.
"He repeatedly punched him to the face on five or six occasions."
Two days before the assault, Jordan had confronted his tenant about his rent. It resulted in Mr Carter going to the police station two days later to report him.
When Mr Carter returned from the police station, Jordan was at the property carrying out repairs to a fire alarm.
Jordan claims there was a fight between them in which he used excessive self-defence.
Mr Carter suffered injuries to his mouth and a fractured cheekbone and had to undergo an operation at Hull Royal Infirmary.
In a victim impact statement read to the court, he said: "I have had ongoing double vision since the incident. I have now lost trust and confidence in people."
Jordan, of Hessle, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.
His barrister John Thackray said: "The defendant was initially acting in self-defence but accepts he went too far and acted in excess of self-defence.
"He has no previous convictions and has now lost his good name and that's a very significant factor in a case like this."
Judge Michael Mettyear sentenced him to 12 months' imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.
He was ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work and given a three-month curfew from 9pm to 7am.
The judge told Jordan: "For an offence such as this, people almost inevitably go straight to prison.
"It is very unusual for a person who is either convicted or has pleaded guilty to an offence involving the breaking of a person's face to walk out of court without going straight to prison.
"There was a disagreement between you and he may not have been the perfect tenant.
"That's certainly the allegation you made against him.
"It is still a very serious matter.
"This man suffered a great deal as a result of what occurred.
"You can regard yourself as very lucky."