A FESTIVE reveller who punched a man, fracturing his cheek, has been spared jail.
David Winter, of Shelley Avenue, South Shields, was on a Christmas night out in the town on December 20, when he saw a man making faces, which he thought were directed at him.
Winter, 26, attacked the man, punching him once in the face, causing him to fall to the ground.
Kevin Wardlaw, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court: “The victim required surgery and a metal plate was fitted.
“Winter made full admissions to the police when interviewed.
“He said he felt terrible and he didn’t want to ruin anyone’s Christmas.”
Mr Vic Laffey, defending, said: “He works as an engineer and has worked for the same man since he left school, who speaks very highly of him.
“He is a man who is due to be married and has two children.
“It is just bizarre.”
Recorder Simon Hirst sentenced Winter, who pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, to eight months in prison, suspended for two years.
He told Winter: “I have absolutely no idea what you were doing on that night last year, and it seems to me that neither do you.
“Today, you are getting your chance, but there won’t be another one.”