GBP 2,500 compensation for violent attack

A Bury man has been ordered to pay GBP 2,500 in injury compensation after a violent attack left a scaffolder with permanent damage to his eye.

Jason Saunders became involved in a confrontation with three other men in the Railway Tavern on October 31st 2008, the Bury Free Press reports.

He and his girlfriend left the pub but were followed by the three men, including Adam Lomax, 27, who ran at Mr Saunders and punched him in the face.

The blow broke his nose and left him with serious damage to his left eye, which required an operation to reattach his retina.

Difficulties in working since his injury have led Mr Saunders to lose some GBP 30,000 in business, as well as incurring expenses of GBP 14,000 to hire an assistant.

Mr Lomax was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence as well as being ordered to pay GBP 2,500 in injury compensation to Mr Saunders by the end of the year.

The case comes soon after it was reported that little-noticed changes to compensation law mean that the victims of violent attacks may have their payouts cut if they have been convicted of minor offences.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19292175-ADNFCR

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