A MAN has been jailed for his part in a violent incident on a Stratford supermarket car park which ended with another man’s jaw being broken.
Although three co-defendants, including one whose online dating app sponsors Stratford Town football club, had been given non-custodial sentences, Joshua Wykes was jailed for seven months.
Wykes, 19, of Reservoir Road, Erdington, Birmingham, had pleaded guilty to charges of affray and failing to surrender to bail after twice failing to turn up for earlier hearings.
Warwick Crown Court heard that in October 2015 Dominic McFarland was in a car with friends, and went to the Tesco store in Stratford to get some food.
Wykes was with Hayden Garrison, whose MoodChimp dating app sponsors Stratford Town, Daniel Ewing and Jacob Young in Garrison’s car, which also pulled onto the car park.
Ian Speed, prosecuting at the earlier hearing, said although they parked some distance away, coins were being thrown, and one of them hit Garrison’s car.
“He left the vehicle, closely followed by the others, and all four began throwing punches, and punches were thrown back, and unfortunately Mr McFarland sustained a fractured jaw which had to be plated.”
Despite Mr McFarland’s injury, pleas of not guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm were accepted because, Mr Speed explained, it was not possible to say who caused it.
Garrison, 19, of Tiddinton Road, Stratford, Ewing, 19, of Dark Lane, Tiddington, and Young, 19, of The Close, Wilmcote, near Stratford, have all been given community sentences and ordered to carry out unpaid work.
But Judge Andrew Lockhart QC rejected a suggestion Wykes could be dealt with in the same way or by a suspended prison sentence, pointing out he had previous convictions and a history of failing to comply with court orders.
He was jailed for six months for the affray, with a consecutive one-month sentence for failing to surrender to his bail, which had led at the previous hearing to a warrant being issued for his arrest.