A single punch by a drunken yob has left an innocent woman needing more than £5,500 in dental treatment.
Jason Eyre, 30, of Woodhouse Lane, Bolsover, wept in the dock as he was jailed for the vicious attack on Margaret Denton.
Derby Crown Court heard how Ms Denton – who said the assault had left her a “shadow of her former self” – suffered a fractured tooth and lost a bridge in her mouth.
Prosecutor Sarah Slater told Friday’s hearing that Eyre wrongly suspected Ms Denton of hitting his girlfriend outside the Castle Arms pub, Bolsover, at about 11pm on June 28 last year so he punched her in the face.
Ms Slater said: “This attack has left Ms Denton a nervous wreck.
“She says she used to be an outgoing person but doesn’t feel safe going out anymore.
“She says it’s left her a shadow of her former self.”
Ms Slater added that Ms Denton faced bills of £5,600 for dental treatment and also needed to undergo surgery for a slipped disk.
The court heard Eyre had drank two bottles of Jägermeister prior to the assault and had no recollection of it happening.
Eyre, who has 19 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm at an earlier hearing.
David Webster, mitigating, said: “He was heavily intoxicated and didn’t stop and think that night.
“He lashed out in anger and sadly Ms Denton suffered the full force of that single punch.”
Mr Webster added that Eyre did not intend to harm Ms Denton and was sorry.
Eyre cried in the dock and yelled “please, please don’t jail me, I’ve just got a job” as judge Ebraham Mooncey sentenced him to to eight months in prison.