Thug knocked out Miss Sunderland’s teeth after being kicked out of bar

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: Rebecca Mason was punched in the face by Daniel Jackson.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: Rebecca Mason was punched in the face by Daniel Jackson.
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A MODEL was left with four broken teeth leaving her with a £686 dental bill after she was punched to the ground outside a Sunderland bar.

Miss Sunderland 2012 winner Rebecca Mason was attacked by enraged Daniel Jackson, 26, after he was thrown out of Ruba in the city centre on September 27 last year, Sunderland magistrates heard.

She was left with such severe injuries to her teeth that she may need ongoing dental treatment in the future and is worried it may affect her modelling work.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson said it was 11.30pm on a Saturday night and that Jackson, of Wright Terrace, Shiney Row, had been removed by door staff after he and an unknown male were seen throwing punches.

Miss Mason was standing outside the bar in Green Terrace waiting for a friend, when Mr Jackson emerged from inside, the court heard.

“Miss Mason ended up standing between Jackson and another male, saying ‘it’s time you go home’, ” Mr Anderson said. “He didn’t take that advice but responded by pushing Miss Mason out of the way.

“There was a loud noise as if someone had hit the wall, or a snapping noise, and he punched her right in the mouth.

“She went straight to the ground and had no recollection at all of the assault. She suffered chips to her front teeth and tenderness to her left eye.”

CCTV footage showed a drunk Jackson coming into the city centre from the Stadium of Light, where SAFC had drawn with Swansea earlier that day.

Mr Anderson said: “There was an incident in the bar and they got thrown out. He described himself as drunk. He admitted he punched this woman in the face, but he couldn’t really deny it as it was caught on CCTV. He couldn’t give an explanation as to why he had done it.

In a victim statement read out in court, Miss Mason said the attack had knocked her confidence and she is now scared to go out for fear of being assaulted.

“If this was caused by my actions I would have accepted it, but I didn’t do anything to deserve it,” she said.

Miss Mason has since had to fork out almost £700 on dental work to fix the damage, however it is likely that she will need further treatment to maintain the repairs to her front teeth which will deteriorate over time.

“The composite fillings are likely to get discoloured and chances are she will need some further cosmetic dentistry in the future,” Mr Anderson said. “She has laid out £686 to repair her teeth.”

Miss Mason also said she feared for the impact on her career, adding: “I am employed as a model and I need to look my best constantly or I don’t get work.”

Jackson admitted using threatening behaviour and assault causing actual bodily harm.

Chris Wilson, defending, said: “It would appear that his behaviour can only be attributed to the excess consumption of alcohol.

“He was out with work colleagues and there was a minor disagreement inside the establishment. He came out and it escalated. He is sorry for what he did that evening, he is genuinely remorseful

He works shifts selling life insurance for a call centre and he is willing to pay the compensation for the dental treatment.

“If he could turn back the clock he would. He doesn’t appear before these courts often for like offences. He himself was the victim of and assault in which he sustained significant injuries. He has since been suffering from post traumatic stress and has received medical treatment. He has full victim empathy and sympathy with the victim in this matter.”

Jackson was sentenced to a one-year community order with supervision. He was also given an electronically monitored curfew between 11pm and 6am for two months, and was told to pay £800 in compensation to Miss Mason.