A convicted murderer on day release from prison knocked out a student’s teeth while waiting for his food in McDonald’s.
Paul Branchflower became embroiled in a brawl at a branch of the burger chain where he was said to have bounced around “like a boxer” before attacking his victim.
Ross Stephenson, 20, saw two teeth fly from his mouth and land by a pillar during the fight at around 6am on September 7 last year.
Branchflower, who was jailed for life with a minimum of 13 years behind bars after mowing down United fan Glynn Ellis, 46, near Old Trafford in 2002, was said to have then casually waited for his food afterwards.
Andrew Ford, prosecuting, said that Branchflower, 32, together with an unidentified man dressed in black, attacked two customers.
He was today found guilty of one count of assault following a five-day trial.
The court heard Mr Stephenson was taken to hospital following the attack in the Lord Street restaurant, Liverpool.
His teeth were put into a glass of milk before he underwent emergency root canal treatment for dental damage, including a third fractured tooth.
Mr Ford said the violence erupted when Stuart Workman was punched and kicked by the man in black and briefly lost consciousness, reports the Manchester Evening News.
He said an argument developed between Lewis Gill, a friend of Mr Stephenson’s, and the “man in black”, before Branchflower intervened and “efficiently dispatched left and right punches to Ross Stephenson”.
Mr Ford said: “His teeth were knocked clean out. Branchflower was seen to stand like a boxer would before being tackled by the crowd.
“Ross Stephenson was stunned.
“He found his teeth on the ground.
“The defendant carried on waiting for his food.
“Both men got their food and left.
“The camera captured an aggressive look of defiance from the man in black.”
Branchflower was later traced and arrested after a police appeal.
He gave no comment in police interview.
Branchflower, of no fixed abode but originally from Manchester, represented himself during the trial.
He was found guilty of one count of assault causing actual bodily harm against Mr Stephenson.
He was found not guilty of the same offence in relation to Mr Workman.
The defendant, wearing a black bubble jacket, blue jeans and a white shirt in the dock, said “joke” when the jury returned its verdict.
Branchflower ran over Manchester United fan Glynn Ellis, of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, outside Mr Ellis’ brother’s home in Salford Quay in August 2002.
Mr Ellis had parked his Ford Mondeo there after going to watch United beat Zalaegerszegi 5-0 in a Champions League match at Old Trafford.
He had left the engine running as he went to close the garage door.
Branchflower – who at 19 already had 47 previous convictions – leapt into the car and ran over Mr Ellis as he tried to drive away, leaving the vehicle on top of him.
Judge Andrew Menary, QC, adjourned sentencing until Wednesday.