Jail for man who beat Sunderland shopkeeper with a baseball bat

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A thug who hit a shopkeeper with a baseball bat during a terrifying attack has been jailed.

Colin Barrs, 28, lashed out at shop worker Pavinder Gosal with the weapon and threw punches at his face, which left him bleeding and bruised.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the attacker had joined in when he saw the worker, who had been serving at T&J Stores in Grindon, Sunderland, being abused by two other men.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister said: “Barrs approached, grabbed hold of Mr Gosal and hit him with the baseball bat.

“Barrs also managed to punch him twice in the face. Mr Gosal was left with blood running down his face.”

The court heard when Barrs dropped the bat during the struggle one of the other two men, who were known to him, picked it up.

It was then used to hit the 31-year-old shopkeeper’s leg.

Barrs, who lived in the same street as the shop at Galashiels Road, Grindon, Sunderland, admitted having an offensive weapon and common assault.

He was on a suspended sentence at the time of the attack in September and Judge Stephen Earl sentenced him to 14 months behind bars.

The judge said: “No matter what you thought was going on between your friends and him, it didn’t warrant this level of intervention. “

Alec Burns, defending, said: “He thought it would be a good idea.

“He now accepts it wasn’t.”