A MAN was subjected to taunts for being ginger before a drunk thug swung a punch at him in a Sunderland bar, fracturing his nose.
John Dixon insulted his victim when he saw him in the toilets of The Establishment, in Low Row.
Dixon, 26, now faces a possible jail sentence after he threw a punch, which hit the victim on the nose in the unprovoked attack on November 7.
Prosecutor Sarah Guest said the victim had been out with his girlfriend and the pair were sitting in a corner, when they decided to finish their drinks and go home.
Prior to leaving, he went to the gents’, where he stood at the urinal.
“Almost immediately I was aware that another male was behind me,” the victim said in his statement.
Apart from a drunk and disorderly, he is a young man of good character, he’s not at all violent.Defence solicitor David Sherwood-Smith
“He called me ‘ginger ****’ and I said what? He then took up a boxing stance with his hands up in front of him.”
Mrs Guest said: “This angered him, but he turned back to the urinal to use it, when he felt a punch to his nose and blood welled out.” He told officers his immediate thought was for his girlfriend, who was waiting on her own and he went outside to find her.
There he was seen to by street pastors, who helped stem the bleeding from his nose and wipe blood from his face.
Mrs Guest said Dixon then emerged from inside and was pointed out to door staff.
The victim went straight to hospital, suffering from a broken nose as well as dizziness and bruising under his eyes.
He returned three days later to have his nose re-set under general anaesthetic.
He suffered lasting damage in that his nose is not as straight as it used to be and he has a slight lump on the bridge of his nose.
Last week, he provided a further statement saying that the skin under his eyes is still slightly darker than it was before the assault.
Mrs Guest said Mr Dixon was struggling with door staff when police arrived to arrest him. She said: “He was taken to the police station and interviewed, telling officers: ‘I hit him. It happened in the toilets’.”
He said he had been working a night shift, had had little sleep and no food, and that he was more drunk than usual, causing him to make a ‘‘throwaway” comment, Mrs Guest added.
Dixon, of East Vines, in the East End, admitted assault by beating.
David Sherwood-Smith, defending, said: “He went into the toilet and he said something to the injured party.
“He can’t remember the exact words.
“He said it was said in jest, although he accepts it was in bad taste.
“Apart from a drunk and disorderly charge, he is a young man of good character, he’s not at all violent.
“He was immediately remorseful. He said ‘I’m totally in the wrong.
“‘I’m not denying that, I threw a punch, he didn’t’.”
Magistrates asked for a pre-sentence report with all options, including custody, open to the bench when he is sentenced at a later date.