A ‘JEKYLL and Hyde’ character who attacked a friend and left him needing a titanium plate inserted in his cheek has been jailed for two years.
A court heard that Michael Paul Chesworth, 22, of Penmon Close, Blacon, persuaded his victim to leave an ambulance, then frogmarched him to a friend’s house where he tried to strip him and tie him to a chair.
Chesworth pleaded guilty to breaking Rhory Kean’s cheekbone in a serious assault and to threatening violence.
On September 12 last year, Chesworth and a few friends, including drinking partner Kean, were having a party at a house in the Garden City area of Chester.
Kate Meredith-Jones, prosecuting, said: “They began to drink heavily, both vodka and cider.
“At about 11pm an argument began and they all went out in to the front garden.”
Chesworth then punched Kean to the left side of the face and repeatedly to the left eye and then kicked him in the face after he was knocked to the floor.
“A neighbour saw an almighty kick with the right foot as he was on the floor,” Kate Meredith-Jones added.
Police attended and paramedics took Kean to hospital, amazingly allowing Chesworth in the ambulance with him.
Chesworth persuaded Kean not to go to hospital and the pair got out of the ambulance on Sealand Road, Blacon.
Kate Meredith Jones said: “Once on the side of the road the defendant said ‘you’re not leaving my side, you’re coming with me’ and frogmarched him to a friend’s house on Nevin Road, Blacon.”
The friend opened the door to them and said she thought they were messing around but was shocked as Chesworth stripped Kean to his underwear and asked for help to tie him up with shoelaces.
Kean only escaped the house after Chesworth tried to strip him naked and remove his underwear.
Robin Bogue, defending, said: “He’s a Jekyll and Hyde character. He’s realistic. He’s polite.
“When he’s under the influence of drugs and alcohol and combines that with certain peer members, he does become a real risk.
“When sober he’s remorseful for these matters. He takes full responsibility.”
Judge Elgan Edwards said: “The serious aspect of the first matter is that you kicked the complainant in the face causing serious injuries.
“Bailed by police you then committed an offence of affray. The use of the threat of knives causes a great deal of concern to the public and rightly so.”
Chesworth was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for each charge to run consecutively, minus the 79 days he has been in custody, and a further 12 months suspended sentence.