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Suspended term for broken jaw attack on Exeter model

A man who broke the jaw of a part-time male model in a nightclub attack said he "was going through a bad patch".

Kenneth Bones, 26, of Mile Gardens, Beacon Heath, Exeter, admitted a charge of causing grievous bodily harm at Exeter Crown Court.

His victim, Lee Clarke, had plates inserted in his jaw after the attack at the Vaults in Exeter last November.

Bones, who represented himself in the dock, was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for a year.

Mr Clarke told the court he was worried about how his injuries would affect his modelling work.

'Despicable' attack

He also said he now feared going out into the city centre of Exeter.

Bones, was unable to get legal aid, apologised for the injury and said it was "out of character".

He told the court he was going through a "bad patch" after losing a leg.

On the night of the attack, he had been out with friends and had had "way too much to drink", he said.

Sentencing Bones to six months, suspended for a year, Recorder John Williams said it was a "despicable and disgraceful" attack.

Bones was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid community work and pay his victim £750 compensation.

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