Veteran with PTSD broke a passer-by’s nose, Sheffield Magistrates’ heard

Written by Aditi Rane

A veteran, who suffers from PTSD, broke another man’s nose when the man intervened to stop a fight between him and his girlfriend, Sheffield Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Chris Harrison, 52, of Binsted Road, had just returned to Sheffield from a day of shopping at Manchester on 18 July 2020, with his then girlfriend, Julia Beddingfield, when they decided to visit some bars and had too much to drink, Prosecutor Geoff Ellis told the court.

The couple then got into a fight and Harrison assaulted Ms Beddingfield causing her actual bodily harm. Upon witnessing this, Joel Raffo stepped in to stop him but was punched in the nose by Harrison. He had to have his nose surgically reset, the court heard.

Mr Ellis told the magistrates that Mr Raffo was an innocent by-stander who had sustained serious injuries including the broken nose, black eyes and heightened anxiety for which he had to take medication.

Defence Solicitor, Mr Westwood told the magistrates that Harrison was not well when the incident occurred, having been the victim of an attack himself a few month earlier, when Harrison was glassed by a stranger while celebrating his daughter’s 18th birthday.

Mr Westwood said Harrison was very remorseful for his actions and has tried to better himself by partaking in activities to help with his PTSD, he has also recently moved to Bradford because he could not cope with all the bad memories he had in Sheffield.

A teary Harrison watched from the dock as he was given an 18-week suspended sentence for his assault on Mr Raffo and Ms Beddingfield and had to pay £1000 in compensation to Mr Raffo for his doctor’s fees.

 

Written by Aditi Rane

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