A DRINKER who broke another man’s jaw outside a South Tyneside nightclub has been spared jail.
Sam Wales attacked his victim outside Roxanne’s in Ocean Road, South Shields.
The 21-year-old punched him in the face, breaking his jaw.
Wales, of Moreland Road, South Shields, pleaded guilty to wounding causing grievous bodily harm at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “The victim was in Roxanne’s alone on the dance floor at about 3.15am. He accidentally bumped into someone, who swore at him.
“He informed staff who told him to stay away from that part of the club.
“Later he went outside for a cigarette and as he was standing felt a sharp pain on the side of his face, as if he had been punched.” Mrs Beck told the court that the man went home but called an ambulance after seeing how swollen his face was.
She added: “Police went to the club and looked at CCTV and saw that Wales was the person who was arguing with the victim inside the club.”
The court heard that Wales is due to leave the country to work in Angola, Africa.
Graham Cook, defending, asked the magistrates to consider giving him a deferred or suspended sentence so that he could still go away.
He said: “It was a stupid offence, committed in drink.”
Magistrates gave Wales a five-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and was ordered to pay £150 compensation to his victim.
He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.