A MAN who lived a “feckless existence” has been spared jail after headbutting his victim in a hostel assault.
Steven Stanbridge knocked the man’s tooth out and left his eye socket bleeding after a row broke out in a bedroom.
The 21-year-old had been sitting with a friend in a room at the hostel in Tatham Street, Hendon, on January 12, when another resident came in and an argument erupted.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that Stanbridge had initially tried to defend himself after the other man became aggressive but then went on to headbutt and punch his victim in the face.
In a victim statement, the man said: “I felt violated at being assaulted and am now intimidated about going back to Tatham Street.”
Defending Stanbridge, who admitted the assault charge, Tony Davis said: “This man has had significant difficulties in life. He was in the hostel due to problems he’s had throughout adulthood.
“At one time, a feckless existence was the order of the day for him, but now he seems to be responding to the support that is being offered.”
Mr Recorder Dean Kershaw said he planned to spare Stanbridge a jail sentence but warned him about his conduct.
Stanbridge, of Tatham House, Hendon, was sentenced to eight months in jail, suspended for 18 months and ordered to take part in a mental health treatment requirement for 12 months. He was also given a supervision order for 18 months.