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A teenage thug left his young victim’s jaw broken in two places after hitting him “like a truck” in a violent unprovoked attack. Derby Crown Court heard how drunk Lemar Rainey struck the youth four times in quick succession following an outdoor party in a park. The 18-year-old’s sentencing hearing was told how the person he punched had to undergo emergency surgery and now has a metal plate in his face.

And in a victim impact statement he says that will be a permanent reminder of what happened to him and that he no longer wishes to go out and socialise with friends. Handing Rainey a six-month stretch in youth detention, suspended for 18 months, Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “I am not quite sure why you are her because everybody that knows you says you are a very kind young man, someone who puts himself out to help other people, particularly those less fortunate than you. “So it is a mystery to me why you should walk up to someone you don’t know and punch him on the face four times in quick succession.

“It seems to me you’d had too much to drink, you have been in trouble before and that involved drinking. “It was a nasty assault.” Almas Ben-Aribia, prosecuting, said the attack happened close to Shipley Hill on the evening of July 24 last year.

She said the victim and his friend had been at an outdoor party involving around 30 young people as had the defendant. Miss Ben-Aribia said the victim and his friend left and started walking home when they spotted Rainey and a friend of his coming towards them. She said: “As they got close the victim said ‘all right?’ to the defendant as he would to anyone but the defendant appeared to take offence and quite quickly his behaviour changed.

“He became aggressive walking towards him with purpose. “The defendant did not say anything before he swung his arm around and punched the victim to the jaw. “He later said ‘it was like a truck hit me to the face’.

“Blood was pouring out of his nose and a second punch came quickly followed by two more. “The defendant shouted at him ‘what’s my name?’ before walking off.” Miss Ben-Aribia said the victim called the police and his mother from the scene and his father drove him to the Royal Derby Hospital.

She said there he had to undergo surgery to have a metal plate fitted after suffering a double fracture to the jaw. Rainey, of Elizabeth Mews, Marehay, Ripley, was arrested and denied being responsible. But a tracksuit recovered from his home contained the victim’s blood.

He later pleaded guilty to assault occasioning grievous bodily harm. Christopher Brewin, his barrister, said: “The references paint a totally different picture of this young man.” As part of the suspended sentence, the defendant will be on an electronically-tagged curfew at his home address each night between 7pm and 7am for the next six months.

He must also attend 31 rehabilitation sessions with the probation service.

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