Ashby man ordered to pay £3,000 to cover victim’s dental costs following late night attack

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A man from Ashby has been ordered to pay £3,000 to cover the cost of his victim’s dental fees after a late night attack in August 2018.

Paul Hollis attacked the victim, who had just left Manhattan nightclub, after getting into an argument with him at a takeaway restaurant opposite the club. Having dispersed after the initial disagreement, Hollis and two friends set on the victim while he was waiting for his girlfriend to collect him. The victim, who had been joined by a friend, and Hollis and his two friends got into a fight in the street, and the victim sustained significant injuries after Hollis approached him from behind and punched him aggressively, causing him to fall forwards and damage his teeth.

Mr Hollis, from Swadlincote, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent after admitting that he struck the victim in retaliation for a friend of his being injured. In court, photographs of the victim’s injuries, including severe lacerations on the lips, deep cuts on his face and badly chipped teeth, were shown.

Mr Hollis was given a 12-month community order, which includes 300 hours of unpaid work, and he will have to pay £3,000 towards the cost of his victim’s dental treatment fees. He was informed that he had “narrowly avoided” a custodial sentence by the chair of the bench, Martin Pantling.

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