City attacker spared prison term

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AN attacker who fractured bones in another man’s face during a city centre assault has been spared jail.

Daniel McCarthy left his victim with a fractured eye socket and nose, after attacking him outside Chase bar in Sunderland city centre

The incident was captured on CCTV and showed McCarthy pouncing on the other man, seemingly without reason.

The victim is then led away and taken to hospital, where he eventually needed surgery.

McCarthy, of Park Avenue, Silksworth, was arrested and later admitted assault causing bodily harm.

Nigel Barnes, mitigating, told Newcastle Crown Court that the 20-year-old had launched the attack because he believed one of his friends had been assaulted by the victim inside the bar.

McCarthy’s defence team submitted references to the court, describing him as “dependable, honest, trustworthy” and someone who can be relied upon by friends in times of crisis.

Mr Barnes said the defendant was “mortified” when he saw the DVD showing what he did, on April 3.

He added: “He is genuinely remorseful.”

Mr Recorder Duncan Smith sentenced McCarthy, who has never been in trouble before, to a community order for 12 months.

He must also do 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £500 in compensation to his victim.

The judge told him: “You should be ashamed of yourself and I think you are ashamed of yourself.

“I think you are genuinely remorseful, but that doesn’t really help the young lad who had to undergo surgery.”