A MAN who attacked a chef because of mistaken identity has been spared jail.
Stuart Wylde attacked his victim outside the University of Sunderland campus in Chester Road, after thinking he was somebody else.
Sunderland magistrates were told Wylde and his girlfriend had earlier been approached in Mowbray Park by a man wearing a red jacket, who told him he wanted to have sex with her.
After drinking and smoking cannabis at a hostel in Tatham Street, Sunderland, Wylde went back out where he came across a man wearing a red coat and attacked him from behind.
The court heard Wylde’s criminal record dated back to 1988 and he had spent time in prison.
Wylde, of Ryhope Street South, Ryhope, pleaded guilty to assault. He also admitted stealing two bottles of wine, worth £7, from Asda in Leechmere on December 6.
Magistrates sentenced him to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.
Wylde must also complete a 12-month community order and pay £100 compensation to his victim.