A football fan is facing a £7,000 dental bill after he headbutted a steward in the face so hard he's been left with a lisp.
Nathan Brown, 27, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm against Ahmed Laaouiti at Westminster Magistrates' Court earlier this month.
He was sent to Isleworth Crown Court to be sentenced, but a judge adjourned the hearing today after ruling the case was so serious she needed a pre-sentencing report from probation.
The court heard Charlton fan Brown tried to invade the pitch during the QPR vs Charlton Championship match at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on December 21, 2019.
Prosecutor Olu Phillips said: "Your honour may have seen the statement of the complainant, he has lost his two front teeth and ten months after the incident he complains of still being in pain."
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It was said Mr Laaouiti has so far paid out £7,658 of his own money to receive extensive dental work following the attack.
Judge Karen Holt said: "He's had CT scans and X-rays, nerve damage, teeth had to be removed. He's developed a lisp as well."
The court heard Brown has previous convictions for burglary and dishonesty and one for grievous bodily harm from 2015.
Judge Holt said: "He's not a man of good character. He's been convicted of a section 20 before for which he got two and a half years imprisonment. On the face of it, it clearly passes the custody threshold.
"I have no ability to consider a suspended sentence without a pre-sentence report. I don't know why it's listed without one."
Brown's barrister Dominic Bardill said his client previously worked as a roofer but due to the pandemic now mainly works as a removals man.
Mr Bardill told the court he had around £1,000 a month available to pay compensation to the victim.
He said: "He would like to pay the dental charges and any other compensation to the individual.
"The allegation he was trying to get into the pitch, the defendant maintains he was just jumping around just celebrating a last minute goal.
"That's not to take away from the severity. Mr Brown turned up today with a bag packed, he fully understands the severity of the situation."
Judge Holt said: "I'm going to order a report. I make it absolutely clear it passes the immediate custody threshold without a doubt. It's whether it's immediate or with a heavy package to a suspended sentence.
"It's a serious matter, you have changed this man's life and it's only right that I have enough information about you that I can consider exactly what to do about you.
"The fact you may be able to offer a substantial amount of compensation will be taken into account.
"I expect it's crystal clear for you I'm asking for a report but that doesn't mean you're not going to prison, it may only go to length of sentence."
Brown will also be made subject to a football banning order preventing him from attending matches, with the length to be decided at the next hearing.
Brown, of Orpington, Bromley, was bailed unconditionally and will next appear at Isleworth Crown Court for sentencing next month.
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