AN electrician suffered a broken cheekbone when he was attacked by three men as he made his way to work.
Andrew Dixon had been involved in a run-in with Tahmid Rahman in Sunderland city centre, but continued on his way.
Rahman, however, summoned help from pals Syed Ahmed and Ali Ahmed, who arrived in the area by a car which screeched to the scene.
Newcastle Crown Court heard all three men then attacked Mr Dixon as he made his way down Otto Terrace, Thornhill.
Prosecutor Gavin Doig told the court: “One witness saw a car stop suddenly and heard males shouting.
“He saw three males who appeared to be kicking or hitting something on the ground.
“As he approached they escaped and the victim was on the floor.”
Mr Dixon was taken to hospital with a fractured cheekbone and black eyes, bruising and swellings.
All three attackers were arrested and admitted causing grievous bodily harm, on August 1.
Rahman admitted his guilty plea on the basis that Mr Dixon had threatened him with a hammer during the first confrontation, which was denied by the prosecution.
The court heard Rahman, 19, of Elmwood Street, Syed Ahmed, 18, of Ranson Street, and Ali Ahmed, 19, of Cleveland Road, all have jobs and are not usually in trouble.
Judge Esmond Faulks sentenced all three to 26 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, plus 150 hours’ unpaid work and £300 court costs.
Ali Ahmed was ordered to pay a £100 fine and given six points on his licence for driving his brother’s car that day without permission.
He had admitted taking a vehicle without consent and having no insurance in relation to that.
The judge said: “When all is said and done, there comes a time when all three of you are attacking one person.
“This is so serious it crosses the custody threshold, but because of your guilty plea and because you are all sensible young men otherwise, it is appropriate to suspend it.”