A Port Macquarie man will serve a nine month jail sentence in the community after pleading guilty to reckless grievous bodily harm.
Sam Matthew Rogers, 23, of McLaren Drive, appeared before Magistrate Jennifer Price in the Port Macquarie Local Court on November 21.
The incident took place between 11.53pm and 11.54pm on January 12, 2019 at licensed premises on Gordon Street.
A second charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm was withdrawn.
The agreed facts presented to court indicate that the victim was on the dance floor with friends where they were joined by Rogers.
The victim approached Rogers and took the cap from Rogers' head before placing it on his own head for a short time.
"The victim then put the cap back on the Rogers' head," the facts say.
"Don't take it so seriously, it's just a joke," the victim told Rogers.
Rogers then struck the victim on the left side of the jaw with his fist, and the victim stumbled backwards.
"Rogers hit the victim again to the left eye," the facts said.
"The victim grabbed Rogers by the shirt and tried to protect himself. The victim felt Rogers hit him several more times to the back and side of the head.
"The victim noticed that his jaw was out of place," the facts said.
The assault lasted around nine seconds.
Two days after the assault, the victim had an x-ray on his jaw at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle.
He had a fracture to the left side of his jaw and a hairline fracture to the right side, the facts said.
It required surgery including inserting 4-6 screws.
Magistrate Price placed Rogers on a nine-month intensive corrections order in the community and ordered him to report to Corrective Services NSW.
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