AN attacker who left his victim with fractured bones in his face has walked free from court.
Norman Kay punched and kicked Alan Brunton during a row and left him with injuries including a complex fracture to his cheekbone, blood in his sinuses and damage to his knee which needed surgery.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the injured man spent two days in hospital, has been left with nerve damage and loss of confidence.
Kay, 30, of Trafalgar Road, Sulgrave, Washington, admitted causing grievous bodily harm.
One witness told police: “He hit him a number of times, including kicks while he was on the ground.”
The court heard violence flared when the two men, who knew each other, got involved in a furious row outside Kay’s home.
Glen Gatland, defending, said: “He came to his senses and walked away. He can only apologise for losing his temper and behaving in the way he did.
“He is deeply sorry for what happened.”
Mr Gatland said Kay is a “family man” who has an offer of work and is due to get married in January.
Mr Recorder Andrew Sandiford sentenced Kay to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with supervision and programme requirements.
The judge told him: “You clearly lost your temper and you behaved in an appalling fashion.
“If everyone went around behaving in this way when they were unhappy about someone else then, of course, chaos would rule the streets.”