Ex-con in dock after attack

Peter McLean
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A DEATH driver who served a seven-and-a-half year jail sentence for killing a man in a road smash is facing prison again over a violent attack.

Peter McLean was put behind bars and banned from the roads for 10 years over the death of John Bartley.

McLean, who was driving with no licence and a plaster on his leg, knocked the 62-year-old victim off his bike in Hylton Road, Sunderland, in December 1997 and left him in the road to die.

The following year McLean, who had never had a driving licence but persistently got behind the wheel, was given the seven-and-a-half year jail term and decade-long ban by a judge at Newcastle Crown Court.

McLean, now 41, was back at the same court this week where he pleaded guilty to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm.

The charge relates to a one-punch attack on Lewis Carruthers on May 22 last year.

Jamie Adams, defending, asked that the case be adjourned until next week for the preparation of a pre-sentence report from the probation service.

Mr Adams told the court: “It was a single punch which resulted in a fracture.

“It was unprovoked in the normal sense but there was some provocation there.

“He perceived his son might have been put upon by older youths.”

The court heard McLean, of Compton Court, Washington, has committed a number of offences since his release from the long prison sentence, including an assault on a police officer.

Mr Recorder Graeme Hyland adjourned the case until next Thursday.

McLean was granted bail in the meantime.

But the judge warned: “It is no indication of what sentence I will pass.

“All options are open and they include custody.”