Court hears man had jaw broken in one punch attack as he waited for food at McDonald's in Ballymena

Court hears man had jaw broken in one punch attack as he waited for food at McDonald's in Ballymena

A CUSTOMER waiting for food at a McDonald’s restaurant in Ballymena had his jaw smashed and at court on Thursday a man was jailed for a year for the one punch attack.

Lucasz Wach (28), of Newington Street in Belfast, committed grievous bodily harm on February 23 in 2020.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court a man said he was in McDonald's ordering food when the defendant entered and began being verbally abusive towards him.

The injured man asked Wach to leave and he did so but returned a short time later and began "harassing the defendant and his friend".

The prosecutor said the injured man said that as he waited for his food Wach had lifted a hat and then had taken "one swing" striking him on the face.

The court heard the man suffered a broken jaw in two places and had to have surgery to have a plate fitted in his jaw and his mouth wired whilst spending four nights in the Ulster Hospital in Belfast.

Wach also admitted other offences including assault and theft when he stamped on his ex-partner's foot and had stolen her iPhone 11 valued £600 in June last year.

Meanwhile, last December he breached a Restraining Order and committed other offences at Prospect Place in Ballymena.

He also committed an assault on February 2 this year and was disorderly when he was repeatedly shouting and swearing whilst at Moat Road in Ballymena in May this year.

The court heard Wach had been "unlawfully at large" for five months after providing a false address last December.

Wach appeared via video link from prison, where he has been on remand, and a defence barrister said he wants to "break the cycle of offending".

Deputy District Judge Anne Marshall said Wach had a previous relevant record and had breached a suspended sentence.

She said the McDonald's assault was "extremely serious" and added: "There is absolutely no way that anything other than custody is appropriate"

Jailing Wach for a year the judge said: "One of the victims in this case had a broken jaw; had a metal plate inserted and was in hospital for a number of days."

  • Main picture: The McDonald's in Ballymena.