Thug broke man’s jaw on night out because he thought he’d urinated on relative

A thug broke a man's jaw with a single punch as payback for his victim allegedly urinating on a relative.

Abe Wilkes, 30, jumped into a taxi, shouting "drive, drive" after lashing out at a man outside O'Neill's in Solihull, West Midlands.

Out for revenge, the dad thought the man he punched was in a group who had attacked and 'humiliated' his brother-in-law several months earlier in 2019, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

The victim sustained multiple fractures to his mouth during the attack, which required two metal plates to be inserted.

He admitted "being 'drunk" and having a fight with Wilkes' relative at the Strawberry Fields bar on March 2, 2019, Birmingham Live reported.

Police were called but took no further action after witnesses corroborated the account, said prosecutor Harpreet Sandhu.

Then, on October 19 that year, he stated he was "quite drunk but not falling over" when he was at O'Neills.

While in the beer garden he was asked by two men if he was "from the Strawbs", which led to a fight between four to five people.

CCTV captured Wilkes among the crowd throwing punches at the man. The altercation led to the group being ejected from the pub area.

But Wilkes pursued the victim down Poplar Road and landed the strike, which was the subject of a grievous bodily harm charge.

Mr Sandhu said: "The victim was retreating by walking backwards, he pulled both of his hands up in a defensive motion. The defendant approached him and while he remained in that defensive stance the defendant punched him."

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He added that Wilkes then jumped into a taxi with his wife and another couple, and ordered the driver to "move, move, drive, drive" whilst still appearing to be "angry and agitated".

The victim walked to Solihull Hospital, where staff confirmed he had a broken jaw and sent him to the Queen Elizabeth in Birmingham.

Graham Henson, defending, said: "The expression he used was 'they are bullies you know they dragged my brother into the toilet and p****d on him, that's what I was told anyway'. There lies the problem.

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"We accept we were not present at the incident in March but the difficulty was Mr Wilkes was given an account as to what happened and was foolish enough to believe it. So that was the state of mind he was in in October. He believed rightly or wrongly that had happened to his brother-in-law."

Mr Henson added: "He owns up to the fact it was a single punch that should not have been thrown. It was an unlawful punch with unfortunate consequences. On his account there was provocation. He was not drunk. He was there for a quiet evening with his wife."

Judge Buckingham said: "The reality is a custodial sentence and the loss of your liberty would have a direct impact on your family. You would be unable to pay the excessive loans you have found necessary to support your new business."

Wilkes was handed a five-month custodial sentence suspended for a year and subjected to an electronically monitored curfew for six weeks.

He was also ordered to complete 20 days of rehabilitation activity as well as pay £340 in court costs and £1,000 compensation.

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