At a nightclub incident in Concert Square, a man shattered a student’s jaw.

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At a nightclub incident in Concert Square, a man shattered a student’s jaw.

When a man crushed a student’s jaw at a nightclub in Liverpool’s Concert Square, he claimed he was acting in self-defense.

Robert Randle, of Widnes’ Harris Street, who smashed the jaw of a university student in a Liverpool city centre club, subsequently withdrew the charge.

At the door of the court, he altered his plea to guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on Daniel Drummond.

This happened on the day he was supposed to stand trial, which had been postponed owing to judicial delays caused by Covid-19 last year.

Randle, 35, was informed by Judge Brian Cummings, QC, that his not guilty plea had “bought him 10 months of liberty” and that he had just pleaded guilty last month.

“The plain view is that you never had a defense to this accusation, you knew you didn’t have one, and you managed to drag this out for two years,” he added.

“In other cases, such a delay can be considered mitigation, but it is not in this situation. It’s all up to you. You used the pandemic to buy some time, but I’m afraid the awful day has finally arrived.”

Randle and his victim, Mr Drummond, were both in the Black Rabbit club near Concert Square in the early hours of May 18, 2019, according to evidence presented at Liverpool Crown Court today (Friday, June 11).

Judge Cummings acknowledged that there had been “minimal provocation” in the form of Mr Drummond giving a Randle friend “a aggressive shove.”

Randle, on the other hand, “waded in and whacked him in the face with a big punch from the side he clearly wasn’t expecting.” It makes little difference whether that blow or others you delivered in the ensuing chaos [confused battle]caused the jaw fracture.”

The victim had to have surgery later that day to have titanium plates and screws installed in his broken jaw, according to the court.

Randle, who had past convictions including violence, was a family man with four children, according to his lawyer, Brendan Carville.

He was an eye witness for the prosecution in a trial that ended last week. The summary comes to a close.

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