A TEENAGER has been spared jail after attacking a man in a Sunderland nightclub.
James Brash was on a night out in the city when he got into a “scuffle” with Ben Adamson, 19, in Passion, Holmeside.
Brash punched the victim in the face, fracturing his cheekbone.
The 19-year-old, of Dunstanburgh Close, Washington, pleaded guilty to wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm at Newcastle Crown Court.
Tony Hawks, prosecuting, said: “Door supervisors had noticed that Ben Adamson had been very drunk and had previously been involved in another fight with someone else.
“Brash and Adamson then became involved in a scuffle after Brash was trying to explain something about a mobile phone not being able to get any signal on the dance floor.
“During the scuffle, Brash then punched Ben Adamson on the right side of his face.
“Mr Adamson went to the Accident and Emergency department where he was told he had a tripod fracture in his cheekbone and some bruising and swelling to his right eye.”
Barry Robson, defending, said: “There has been criticism of the complaint, which is unusual in these cases.
“The defendant has shown remorse and is a previously good character.
“He has a strong work ethic and although he is not employed at the moment, he is currently seeking employment.”
Recorder Abdul Iqbal told Brash: “You have no record of violence and have been a man of previous good character.
“I do not believe that a custodial sentence is fitting in this case and so I will be giving you a suspended sentence.”
Recorder Iqbal sentenced Brash to 12 months’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months.
Brash was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay a victim surcharge of £100.