Crowborough man jailed for assault

A man who left his victim with a deep cut to their temple following an unprovoked bar room assault has been jailed.

Luke Taylor, 30, of Mill Lane in Crowborough, was drinking at a bar in Mount Ephraim in Tunbridge Wells, in October 2014 when he carried out the assault against another man.

Taylor admitted one count of grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to one year in prison at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday 22nd November.Luke Taylor from Crowborough jailed for assault in a bar in Tunbridge Wells

The court heard that Taylor punched the victim twice to the head during the early hours of 18th October 2014.

He first punched the victim on his left eye as they were leaning over to pick something up from a table. This caused the victim to fall backwards.

Taylor struck him again and this time a ring on his hand made contact with the victim’s right temple, causing a deep wound which required hospital treatment.

Taylor fled the scene but handed himself in six days later when he saw CCTV images of himself from a media appeal being circulated online.

Detective Constable Graham Hunt, the investigating officer for this case, said:

This assault was completely unprovoked and it is entirely appropriate that Taylor has received a custodial sentence.

The consequences could have been much more severe and it is fortunate that the victim did not sustain more serious injuries.

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