A HOUSEHOLDER was left battered and bruised after being attacked with a plank of wood at his Wearside home.
Arkan Hosen was assaulted after the front door of his home at Hylton Road, Sunderland, was forced open and damaged by two people in an argument over money.
One of the raiders was wearing a balaclava and got into a struggle with Mr Hosen when he put up a fight.
After the two intruders fled, their pals waiting outside hurled racist abuse at the victim, who is in his 30s, and pelted bricks and stones at the property.
One of the missiles smashed a large window.
The court heard cars and pedestrians on the busy city road had to swerve out of the way to avoid being hit.
Jevin Black – who played a minor role in the attack – admitted affray at Newcastle Crown Court on the basis he went into Mr Hosen’s home but had not realised beforehand that his accomplice was armed or had a mask.
The other man did not appear before the court.
Black, 21, of Ormond Street, Sunderland, admitted he had kicked out at Mr Hosen, who had grabbed his foot before the blow landed.
Mr Recorder Kealey sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months with supervision.
He was also ordered to pay £300 compensation.
The judge said: “This was a serious offences where Mr Hosen was lucky that the injuries he sustained – scratches, bruises and grazes – were relatively minor.
“It was a very frightening event.”
Glen Gatland, defending, said Black has work at a car parts factory and is staying out of trouble.
Mr Gatland said: “He went along because he knew of the dispute.
“His intention was to go along to resolve any differences between Mr Hosen and his friend.
“Once they arrived the friend put the balaclava on and produced the stick.
“Mr Hosen was struggling with the friend and at that point the defendant obviously lost his temper and kicked out of Mr Hosen, not making contact with him because he fended off the blow”.