A POLICE officer was attacked while trying to break up a 10-man brawl.
Scaffolders Liam Knight and Dayle Lamont, both from Sunderland, were at the city’s magistrates’ court for their part in the fight outside nightclub Arizona.
Knight, 24, of Allendale Road, Farringdon, and Lamont, 23, of Dene Street, Silksworth, pleaded guilty to affray.
Lamont also admitted hitting a police officer during the fracas.
Magistrates were shown CCTV footage of the brawl, which broke out in the early hours of Saturday, December 21.
Susan Grey, defending both men, said the incident took place on a “somewhat notorious date in the calendar of most major cities”.
She said: “The dispute occurred between other members of the party.
“It seems Mr Knight was being aggressively treated by people inside the night club. It all starts before the DVD starts.
“Most of the action was taking place in the doorway of Arizona.
“Mr Lamont went in on his behalf, as he could see things were getting out of hand.
“There were about 10 people swinging punches and no one backed away.”
The court heard a police officer had been left with a bruised face, after Lamont lashed out while he was trying to restrain him.
Mrs Grey said: “Mr Knight has grown up a lot since then. It seems drink has taken over on this night and sense has left him.
“Instead of walking away from physical confrontation, he has been drawn into it.
“Mr Lamont went in with the intention of assisting his friend, but went completely beyond what was required and lost control.”
Chairman of the bench Peter Shreyhane ordered Lamont to serve a 12-week sentence, suspended for 12 months, carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £80 compensation.
Knight was also sentenced to serve a 12-week suspended sentence.
Both must pay £85 court costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
Mr Shreyhane said: “It was a nasty offence, which your own solicitor referred to as an ‘extremely ugly incident’.
“If you breach the suspended sentence, the court is likely to take a completely different course of action.”