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Good morning. First, I am a lawyer in the U.S. and am not familiar with UK procedures. You may want to also ask your question of a UK expert. I would definitely talk to a solicitor BEFORE any communication with the police. The police are, for the most part, gathering evidence against your Grandson. Given his complete lack of a prior criminal history, I would think that jail/prison would be very unlikely. It certainly would be here. But the extent of the injuries are a large factor.
I will make some more general comments, and I apologize if they are too direct and not good news. I don't think this business of the victim talking about how to use criminal charges to make money will help. He suffered a broken nose and went to the hospital; these charges are not made-up in any way. I think police and judges would see that as blaming the victim. Also, this doesn't sound like self-defense - but that needs to be explored for sure. Verbal abuse can not be met with brute force. Now the "went towards" might be of interest, but sounds like not enough to warrant the response. The good news is your Grandson's genuine remorse. That may go a long way here, perhaps along with payment of victim's medical bills. But the most important thing is to talk to a solicitor now.
Thank you for the constructive advice which will be followed through by contacting a solicitor first hand. Incidentally, there are no medical fees as we fortunate enough to have the NHS (National Health Service) in the UK. However, I understand the principal you were making. My grandson has suggested writing a letter of apology, although he has already verbally apologized. Perhaps he can speak with his solicitor on this before he does anything.
I will keep in touch as matters progress, and thank you again for a positive fast response.
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