Attacker jailed after breaking man’s jaw at town taxi rank

Steven Lambert ANL-150217-151441001
Steven Lambert ANL-150217-151441001

An attacker who broke a man’s jaw as he tried to calm an argument on a taxi rank in Newmarket High Street has been jailed.

Victim Glenn Bannister, who had been left “vulnerable” following a serious brain injury sustained when he was playing rugby, was punched in the face by Steven Lambert, Ipswich Crown Court heard on Friday.

The 24 year old had lashed out as Mr Bannister stepped in to try and stop an argument between him and another man in the early hours of August 1 last year.

Mr Bannister, who had been waiting with Lambert for a taxi, was punched in the face when he touched Lambert on the elbow as he attempted to defuse the situation, Godfried Duah, prosecuting, told the court.

Mr Bannister was knocked to the ground by the blow and Alex Vellar, the man involved in the argument was also punched by Lambert and stumbled backwards. Police had been alerted after the incident was picked up by Newmarket’s CCTV system.

Mr Duah said that as Lambert walked away, Mr Bannister followed asking why he had been punched and was again attacked.

The attacks left Mr Bannister suffering from fractures to his jaw and chin. As a result he had to have surgery to insert a metal plate and to have his jaw wired.

Lambert, pictured, of Pinza Close, Newmarket, pleaded guilty to assault causing grievous bodily harm, assault and possession of ecstasy.

Jailing him for 18 months, Judge John Devaux told Lambert that the offences were so serious that only an immediate prison sentence was appropriate.

Mitigating, Lindsay Cox said Lambert’s judgement may have been clouded because he had been drinking.

He said his client, who had expressed remorse, was “very ashamed” of the way he had behaved.