A YOB who knocked out an ‘innocent bystander’ in an unprovoked takeaway attack has been spared jail.
Kaddum Halboos punched the man a number of times at Yankees takeway, in Ocean Road, South Shields, at 3.45am on Sunday, March 17 of this year.
Magistrates yesterday described the attack – which left the man requiring hospital treatment – as ‘as serious a matter of common assault’ as they had seen.
Halboos, of Lanark Drive, Jarrow, initially denied the charge before changing his plea to guilty on the day his trial was due to take place last month.
The matter was adjourned until yesterday, when he was given a 23-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.
Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “The victim was on a night out and doesn’t have any recollection of what happened. He was knocked out and suffered a black eye and bruising to his lip and went to hospital for treatment.
“Other people present at the time said it was unprovoked attack and the victim was punched in the face a number of times.”
The court heard that Halboos had been jailed for a previous assault offence three years ago.
Valerie Bell, defending, said: “This was not a premeditated attack. He was in the takeway at the end of a night out and had consumed alcohol. It was spur of the moment, a stupid thing to do. It was not planned at all.”
Miss Bell urged magistrates to consider a suspended sentence if they felt the offence had passed the custody threshold.
Magistrates chairman, Neil Woodward, said: “This was a serious assault for no reason and the victim ended up unconscious and was taken to hospital.
“We have seen no signs of remorse for this disgraceful action committed in drink.
“It is as serious a matter of common assault that we have come across.
“We are sentencing you to 23 weeks imprisonment, but we have the power to suspend it, and will do so for 18 months.
“You are on a tightrope. This will be hanging over you.”
The 28-year-old was also ordered to pay compensation to the victim of £250, as well as court costs of £100 and a victim surcharge of £80.