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Boxer admits breaking man’s jaw during attack

A professional boxer has pleaded guilty to breaking a man's jaw in two places.

Minutes after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, Kevin Joseph Maxwell (26) left Belfast Crown Court with a hood pulled up over his head to avoid having his picture taken.

Maxwell (left), from Cooke Mews in Belfast, had been on trial for causing grievous bodily harm to Paul Faulkner with intent but the trial came to an end yesterday after he pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

When the trial opened on Monday prosecuting lawyer Conor O'Kane described how Maxwell and Mr Faulkner had given each other “the finger” in a bar on January 19, 2008 before Mr Faulkner left to go to his cousin's house on Ardilea Drive in the north of the city.

The jury heard that as Mr Faulkner sat on the sofa in the house, Maxwell forced his way in and hit him “at least eight to 10 times” in the face while shouting “I'm going to kill you. Do you know who I am?”

Mr Faulkner, said the lawyer, had his jaw broken in two places and had to undergo two operations to have metal plates inserted. Her Honour Judge Kennedy released Maxwell on bail and adjourned passing sentence until September.

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