A WOMAN suffered a suspected fracture to her jaw when a thug turned on her after she confronted him for urinating in the street.
Julianne Sikova had been walking friends home from her first wedding anniversary party when she saw Chad Procter relieving himself in the road in full view of her guests.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how she approached Procter, who responded by punching her in the face without warning.
Her friend Amanda Lever was knocked unconscious with a blow from scrap dealer Procter during the trouble.
Prosecutor Peter Schofield told the court it was on September 8 last year that Mrs Sikova had a party at her Houghton home and was walking guests along the street when she spotted Procter in the middle of Ferndale Road.
Mr Schofield said: “Mrs Sikova approached the defendant to remonstrate with him about what he was doing in public.
“Without any warning, using a clenched right fist, he hit her with some force to the left cheekbone.
“She felt immediate pain and fell to the floor. She recalls crying and being in shock.
The court heard when Mrs Sikova’s friend Amanda Lever stepped in, she too was attacked.
When Mrs Sikova got to her feet, she was punched again and pushed with force.
Both women went to Sunderland Royal Hospital, where Mrs Lever was kept in overnight.
Procter, 26, of Ferndale Road, Penshaw, pleaded guilty to affray and assault by beating.
The court heard the father-of-one, who has another baby on the way, suffered injuries himself during the trouble, which was joined by others, and his girlfriend suffered a broken ankle as she tried to get away.
Mrs Recorder Turner sentenced Procter to 10 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with £250 compensation to Mrs Sikova and £750 costs with 250 hours’ unpaid work.
The judge told Procter he deserved a prison sentence, which would make him miss the birth of his second child, but was persuaded to suspend the term.
The court heard Procter has previous convictions for violence and disorder.
Christopher Mitford, defending, said: “He accepts he should not have been urinating in the street and when confronted, he should have walked away.”
Mr Mitford said the trouble would not have flared that night if those involved had not been drinking.