A DRUNKEN thug who left a man needing six staples in his head after attacking him with a spanner has been spared jail.
Tahmid Shubon Ahmed initially clashed with his victim’s friend outside Passion nightclub in Sunderland in the early hours of January 5.
Ahmed and the victim – who were known to each other – then met at a Total petrol station in Durham Road, where 18-year-old Ahmed attacked him with a spanner he grabbed from his car.
His victim was left with two bleeding head wounds which needed treatment at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Ahmed – who was nearly twice the legal alcohol limit –struggled violently with police and told them he had drunk a bottle of Jack Daniels before getting behind the wheel.
Ahmed, of Burnville Road South, admitted drink-driving and assault causing actual bodily harm at Sunderland Youth Court.
Reporting restrictions preventing him from being identified, but they were lifted after representations were made by the Echo.
Magistrates heard Ahmed had a number of convictions for affray and one for being drunk and disorderly.
He claimed he used the 10-inch spanner in self defence.
Angus Westgarth, defending, said that there had been provocation on both sides and that Ahmed had “simply lost control”.
“The victim pushes towards the defendant in the garage and he is not one for backing down.
“He is much larger than the defendant, who tells me there was a kick to his car when he was getting into it.”
Chairman Linda Scanlin sentenced Ahmed to serve 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.
He was also banned from driving for 18 months and must carry out 60 hours of unpaid work and pay £400 compensation to his victim.