Man with learning difficulties punched to the ground in attack

Sunderland Magistrates' Court
Sunderland Magistrates' Court
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A man with learning difficulties was punched to the ground by a thug who leapt from a car to attack him as he was walking home late one night.

The 54-year-old victim needed hospital treatment for facial injuries after he was assaulted by Jordan Quinn, Sunderland magistrates heard.

A local taxi driver saw the victim walk along Biddick Lane when a silver Astra pulled into the side of the road and a male passenger, this defendant, got out of the vehicle. He assaulted the victim, throwing punches towards him

Stephen Davies, prosecuting

Quinn, 22, has been ordered to pay £100 in compensation to his victim after the attack in Washington, on Saturday March 14.

“The victim is a 54-year-old adult with a learning disability and autism who worked in a local social club,” prosecutor Stephen Davies said. “He left work and was walking home at 11.25pm along Biddick Lane, when a car stopped and a passenger got out of the vehicle and assaulted him.

“A local taxi driver saw the victim walk along Biddick Lane when a silver Astra pulled into the side of the road and a male passenger, this defendant, got out of the vehicle. He assaulted the victim, throwing punches towards him.“

Mr Davies said the victim was seen staggering before he was punched again and fell to the ground.

The victim was left ‘distressed’ the court heard, and suffered bruising to his left eye and reddening a soreness to his nose. He also received a cut below his eye.

Quinn, of Galashiels Road, Grindon, Sunderland, was arrested after the taxi driver called police with the registration number of the car. He initially denied assaulting anybody, but later pleaded guilty to the offence.

The car’s owner told officers he had picked up Quinn from a wedding and was driving through Washington.

“As he was waiting to go into the junction he became aware of the victim walking past the rear of the vehicle,” Mr Davies said. “He appeared to have knocked it as there was a noise.”

Quinn then began to shout at the victim through the window of the car before getting out and assaulting him, the court heard.

Heather Bolton, defending, said: “When Mr Quinn entered his guilty plea, it was stated that he had absolutely no idea of the vulnerability of the witness.

“Mr Quinn had consumed a lot of alcohol and he heard a bang or a thud. As a result of that a verbal altercation took place that has resulted in the assault. Mr Quinn has a significant amount of remorse for his actions that evening”

Quinn was given a 12-month community order with 20 days’ specified activity, £50 fine, £85 costs, and £100 compensation.