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Totton scaffolder punched a man so hard he lost his sense of taste and smell

Aaron Currie has been told to save up £1,000 compensation
Aaron Currie has been told to save up £1,000 compensation

A SCAFFOLDER has been given six months to save up compensation or face jail for punching a man so hard he suffered a brain haemorrhage and lost his sense of taste and smell.

The single blow from Aaron Currie (30) knocked Richard Cull off his feet and rendered him unconscious during the incident outside the Old Farmhouse in Totton, Southampton Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor John Upton said an ambulance was called and doctors subsequently found Mr Cull had suffered a bleed on the brain which required surgery.

It left him without his sense of taste and smell for some months afterwards and caused his driving licence to be suspended, affecting his fencing business

Mr Upton explained that on the night of the attack, 10th November 2019, Currie had gone to the pub despite being banned under the local Pub Watch scheme. When the landlady saw him she told him to leave.

Outside, Mr Cull and his sister, Sarah Cull, were outside waiting for a taxi. As Currie exited the pub she asked him if he was a taxi driver. That sparked a confrontation which resulted in Currie punching Mr Cull.

Currie, of Jackie Wigg Gardens, Totton, has an offence of affray on his record, Mr Upton said, for which he had been given a suspended sentence – part of which was activated when he breached it.

The defendant appeared before the court having pleaded guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.

Defending, Mark Florida-James conceded his client should not have gone to the pub, which was an aggravating feature, but added that he had acted in a spontaneous manner.

He said Currie had spent five months of 2020 on remand in prison after his arrest for an unconnected matter which had been subsequently dropped.

Currie had re-evaluated his life, Mr Florida-James assured, and there had been a “sea change” in his attitude – partly inspired by the fact he is due to become a father soon.

Currie and a business associate have successfully started a scaffolding business, he went on, and the defendant was prepared to save up to £1,000 a month to hand to Mr Cull as compensation.

Mr Florida-James suggested deferring the sentence so Currie could prove his offer, to which Judge Nicholas Rowland agreed.

The judge ruled that he will sentence Currie on 3rd September this year, telling him to save up funds to pay Mr Currie compensation and to stay out of trouble before then.

But he also warned: “It still may well be that you will be handed down a prison term, I make no promises at all.

“You must save up a significant amount for the man who was injured and secondly you must keep out of trouble. If you fall short, the outcome will be inevitable.”

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