Sunderland fan jailed for attack on Newcastle rival

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A SUNDERLAND fan kicked a rival supporter unconscious as he lay on the ground already injured.

Newcastle fan Ian Hill was pounced on as he walked home from watching the Tyne-Wear derby on television at the Lord Ashley pub in South Shields on January 16.

Mr Hill is unsure how he was knocked unconscious the first time, but woke up to find a man standing over him with a hammer in his hand and was hit on the wrist as he fended off a blow.

Sunderland fan Marc Millward, who had watched the 1-1 draw at the same pub and was now armed with a metal bar, then started attacking Mr Hill with his feet.

Prosecutor Glenda Turnbull told Newcastle Crown Court: “He began to kick Mr Hill to the head and left side.”

When Mr Hill regained consciousness he was being helped by passers-by.

He told police in a victim impact statement: “I believe this happened because of football and because I was wearing a Newcastle shirt.

Millward, 23, of Gordon Road, South Shields, admitted assault and having an offensive weapon.

Mr Recorder Clark jailed him for 12 months.

The judge said: “For no real reason at all you set about somebody who you had never met before in an unprovoked attack.”