Thug jailed for drunken punch

A DRUNK and drugged boxer has been jailed for an assault which left a pub worker with severe facial injuries.

Trained boxer Luke Andrew Grogan, 22, had been drinking in the Swan pub in Liversedge on February 18 before getting in a fight outside at about 2am.

The pub worker broke up the fight – but Grogan, who had also been taking MCAT, punched him in the face.

Police were called and Grogan was arrested.

Prosecutor Shamaila Qureshi said the pub worker woke up at his mother’s house the following day with pain and swelling to his face, unable to see out of one eye. He had suffered an extensive facial fracture which needed surgery, and was told it would take 18 months to heal.

The court heard on February 25 Grogan sent the pub worker a text message and telephoned to apologise for the assault.

In interview he told police the pub worker had ‘invaded has personal space’ so he hit him.

The court hear Grogan had committed three similar offences since January.

Mitigating, David Orbaum said Grogan suffered from mental health issues and was seeing a psychiatric nurse.

He said: “He doesn’t offer any excuses. He is taking the right steps to address the underlying issues. He hasn’t drank or taken drugs for months and is attending Lifeline treatment service.

“He is someone who can be a positive asset in the community.”

Judge James Spencer QC said: “You are showing disturbing signs of wanton violence.”

Grogan, of Lincoln Avenue, Heckmondwike, admitted grievous bodily harm. He was jailed for 20 months.