Unprovoked attack on Sunderland dance floor leaves reveller scarred for life

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A MAN was left scarred for life after being knocked out on the dance floor during a vicious and unprovoked attack in a Sunderland bar.

William Pallas was set upon by George Liddle, 52, in Life of Riley, in Green Terrace, in the early hours of August 17 last year, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Punched to the floor, then kicked as he lay injured, Pallas was hit “out of nowhere” and temporarily lost his memory, prosecutor Glenda Beck said.

The swelling was so bad that medics at Sunderland Royal Hospital were unable to suture his facial wounds until the following day, and his stitches had to stay in for five days longer than normal, due to the state of his face.

Ms Beck said the victim had been out with his wife since about 9.20pm the previous night and that they were “dancing, drinking and enjoying themselves”.

“At just before 1am, my wife moved away from the dance floor to get something out of her bag,” Mr Pallas said in his statement. “She was gone seconds at the most.

“I turned around and someone hit my head so hard it knocked me to the ground. I must have been knocked out because the next thing I know I was outside. He punched me in the face and when I fell to the floor he kicked me.”

Mr Pallas was left bleeding and in agony and was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital, where he a day later he received five stitches to his upper lip and three stitches inside his lower lip, leaving him with a scar.

He also suffered headaches for days after the attack and soreness to his nose.

“I can’t think why I was targeted for this assault and I don’t think I deserved it,” he said. “This was an unprovoked attack which has left me injured, by a drunken and cowardly thug.

“I think twice about going out now as a result of this and the thought of my wife seeing this and being unable to do anything disgusts me.”

Liddle, a ground worker, of Beechwood Street, Thornhill, was arrested outside the bar and told police he had punched Mr Pallas because he had been bumping into him on the dance floor.

He later admitted wounding, inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.

Angus Westgarth, defending, said: “It’s very clear that Mr Liddle regrets what he did. The best mitigation is that he acknowledged that to the police.

“He accepts that what he did was way over the top.”

Liddle was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with supervision for 18 months. He was also given a tagged curfew between 8pm and 6am, seven days a week for 12 weeks.

He was told to pay Mr Pallas £500 in compensation and was order to pay £85 costs and £80 victim surcharge.