Tattoo scrap ends in court

Scenesetter'The Windmill Inn at Stainsacre'Picture by Neil Silk w124006'01/10/12
Scenesetter'The Windmill Inn at Stainsacre'Picture by Neil Silk w124006'01/10/12
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A COMMENT about an unfinished tattoo left one man requiring hospitalization and his attacker appearing before a court last Friday.

Robert Attridge was left with a black eye, a cut to his eyebrow and required x-rays and scans of his face following an attack on him outside the Windmill pub, Stainsacre, on 9 February.

Mr Attridge, who was detained in hospital overnight, also had to take time off work, York Crown Court was told.

Before the court for sentencing, having previously pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, was Damien Brooke (21) of Rigg View, Stainsacre.

Alex Menary, prosecuting, told how the comment, made by Brooke’s former girlfriend in the pub, was particularly upsetting as it had been his late father who had designed and started the tattoo.

The argument spilled outside the pub, Brooke punching his victim - the girl’s current boyfriend - to the face, but denied an allegation that he had then kicked Mr Attridge.

William Byrne, mitigating, said that his client had found the remark about the tattoo particularly hurtful, but had since expressed strong remorse for his actions, wishing to apologies to his victim.

The scaffolder was placed under a 12-month community order with a requirement that he complete 80 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay his victim £750 compensation and the prosecution their costs of £1,200.