"He began to hit him to the face with the vodka bottle."
Jatinder Dosanjh, aged 38, of Derby, was jailed for three-and-a-half years at Derby Crown Court on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, for breaking his friend’s jaw.
He used a glass bottle to attack his friend in a car park outside a pub. In addition, he assaulted a vehicle recovery driver a few months prior.
The bottle attack took place on July 28, 2018, outside the Oast House pub in Derby. Dosanjh had been drinking vodka from a bottle when his family had arrived to talk to him.
They were concerned about his safety as he had not spoken to them for 48 hours.
Sarah Allen, prosecuting, said:
“The defendant’s behaviour switched and he became aggressive towards the victim who had been drinking vodka with him.
“He began to hit him to the face with the vodka bottle.
“The victim tried to protect himself by putting his arms up but he was hit in excess of five times by the defendant.”
After the attack, Dosanjh left with his family. Staff members at the pub helped the victim.
Miss Allen said the victim suffered fractures to his jaw in two places, broken facial bones and a broken nose. He did not make a statement to the police.
In a second incident, which happened on January 5, 2018, Dosanjh attacked a man who had parked his recovery lorry outside his home on Duncan Road.
Dosanjh went out of his house and threatened to stab the vehicle delivery driver. He then punched the man in the face.
He was previously jailed for nine years in 2008 for beating a man to death with a baseball bat in Derby.
Dosanjh repeatedly smashed the weapon into 20-year-old Melvyn Hadley, just yards from the victim’s home on Almond Street.
He was initially charged with murder, but Dosanjh pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
He was released after serving part of his sentence.
In relation to the two attacks that were carried out in 2018, Dosanjh pleaded guilty to assault causing GBH towards his friend.
Dosanjh also pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm against the van driver.
Ekwall Tiwana, defending, said his client was a Jekyll and Hyde character, depending on whether or not he had been drinking alcohol.
“Normally he is a conscientious, hard-working, dedicated family man who is going to get married this April.
“But in these instances, the demons started to prevail and when he drinks he is, quite frankly, a very violent person.”
Judge Nicholas Dean QC said:
“You know when you have been drinking you have a tendency to react very violently as you did on July 28 last year.
“You have been in prison previously for an offence of manslaughter and so you know the consequences of the violence you demonstrate when you have been drinking.
“You carried out an appalling attack and the victim is lucky he did not suffer more serious injuries or even lose his life.”
The judge sentenced Jatinder Dosanjh to three-and-a-half years in prison.