Assault victim turned on attacker with a broken bottle

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THE victim of an assault outside a Sunderland takeaway has been banned from the city centre after he tried to turn on his attacker with a broken bottle.

Richard Hutchinson, 32, picked up an empty bottle of Brown Ale and smashed it against the side of Ttonic bar in Vine Place, Sunderland magistrates heard.

When in a temper, and in drink, you smashed that bottle, you were creating a risk of very significant injury and you could have been charged with a much more serious offence.

District Judge Roger Elsey

He then held the broken bottle by the neck, in front of police who had been called to the assault in which he had been injured, the court was told.

Prosecutor Jeanette Smith said he then brandished the bottle towards a male, but officers were already on the scene and he was detained.

“He was taken straight to hospital to be treated for his injuries before being taken to the police station,” she said.

Hutchinson, of Middlewood House, Ushaw Moor, admitted threatening behaviour.

Jason Smith, defending, said: “Mr Hutchinson was the victim of quite a serious assault and the injuries for him were numerous.

“He was in the takeaway, simply standing there and this group of males entered and he was assaulted by one of them.”

Mr Smith said he ran from the area but came back to look for his partner, when he saw the male who had assaulted him.

“He apologises profusely for that,” Mr Smith added. “He wouldn’t normally act in that way at all.”

District Judge Roger Elsey said: “When in a temper, and in drink, you smashed that bottle, you were creating a risk of very significant injury and you could have been charged with a much more serious offence.

“Luckily, police were on the scene and you didn’t inflict injury.”

Hutchinson was excluded from the city centre between 9pm and 6am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for four months, with £160 costs.