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Teen who broke man's jaw in assault is jailed

A Magherafelt teenager who broke a man's jaw in two places has been ordered to serve nine months' detention.

Judge Piers Grant told Steven Rutter (19) that "there is more to this case than meets the eye".

Rutter, from Leckagh Walk, pleaded guilty to assaulting the man during a party at his mother's house on July 30 last year.

Judge Grant said it was quite clear that Rutter and others had consumed a substantial amount of drink which had led to aggression, but that in no way could justify what later happened.

The judge said that "drunken violence", particularly where punches and kicks were used on a person on the ground, must attract punishment to deter others from behaving in the same manner.

Judge Grant said although it was clear the injured party, who had suffered significant serious injuries, had forgiven Rutter, it would be "quite inappropriate to impose anything other than an immediate custodial sentence".

Earlier prosecution lawyer George Chesney told the court that as the injured party was leaving the party shortly after midnight, he was approached by a drunken Rutter who punched him to the ground and kicked him repeatedly while on the ground.

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