Kickboxer pleads guilty to breaking a man's jaw

Kickboxer pleads guilty to breaking a man's jaw

Amanda Hall

Kickboxer pleads guilty to breaking a man's jaw

A kickboxer already in prison for his role in a wave of violent 'street justice' has been sentenced for a separate attack that fractured the victim's jaw.

James Stabler, of Almond Road, Burnham, admitted affray at Reading Crown Court on Monday.

The court heard the 26-year-old, nicknamed 'The Devil', punched a man in the face during a brawl in the Chicago Rock Cafe in Windsor in June 2010.

Thomas Godfrey, prosecuting, said: "The victim had to have his jaw pinned and plated back together.

"The results were serious for him."

Tattooed Stabler, who won the English heavyweight full-contact kickboxing title in 2007, is already behind bars after admitting possessing a firearm and conspiracy to commit GBH.

He was sentenced to five years in prison last year alongside three other men following a revenge attack for a machete mugging.

The gang's violent retribution in 2010 saw them storm a courtroom, ram a car off the road, terrorise a 15-year-old boy in Slough and charge through the Larchfield estate in Maidenhead armed with guns and knives.

The court heard Stabler, who appeared in the dock wearing a black suit and pink tie, had been a promising fighter before being jailed. 

Piers Marquis, defending, said Stabler was already in touch with boxing promoters and, should he be released on time in March, is hoping to continue his career.

He added: "He is a young man with aspirations and a chance of really doing well for himself."

Judge Bruce McIntyre sentenced Stabler to three months in prison to run concurrently with the sentence he is already serving.

Another charge of inflicting GBH was ordered to lie on file.

The court heard the case was not heard sooner due to administration problems.

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