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Sacked worker Joseph Mander jailed for punching boss
A HAMPSHIRE man who left his boss with devastating multiple fractures after he was sacked has had his sentence cut by Appeal Court judges.
Joseph Mander, from Underwood Road in Bishopstoke, was jailed for two years after he admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.
The 24-year-old lashed out at his exboss, Gary Clements, after learning he had been dismissed from Mr Clements’ business training quad bike drivers.
“Mr Mander said words to the effect of 'what’s this about me being sacked?’” Mr Justice Bean told London’s Criminal Appeal Court.
“He then punched Mr Clements in the eye,” the judge added.
“This single punch caused severe injuries – with a fractured eye socket, a broken nose, and fractured jaw. He will have a plate in his eye socket for the rest of his life.”
Mander challenged his sentence with claims that insufficient account was taken of his guilty plea.
His legal team argued he had admitted his crime on the basis of “excessive selfdefence”, having lashed out after Mr Clements allegedly “came towards him with his fists clenched”.
But at Winchester Crown Court in May the sentencing judge said Mander had attacked his former boss in an “unprovoked flash of temper”, the court heard.
Mr Justice Bean, sitting with Lord Justice McCombe and Mr Justice Openshaw, noted: “It may be, in reality, that that is what it was, but the basis of plea remained binding”.
“This was a very nasty case of its kind, with severe injuries,” noted the appeal judge, but he cut Mander’s jail term from two years to 18 months.
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