Suspended sentence for nightclub attacker

A JAIL sentence hangs over an Ashfield man who head-butted a clubber, causing a cut requiring nine stitches.

The assault took place in Escapade club in Chesterfield, where victim Richard Smith was drinking with a pal near the dance floor.

He told police that he was grabbed from behind, spun around and then head-butted in the face.

“He said it was totally unprovoked and he didn’t know the defendant, who was identified by other people nearby,” prosecutor Angela Hadfield told Chesterfield magistrates on Wednesday.

Mr Smith suffered a one-inch cut above his right eyebrow and was off work for a fortnight following the attack.

Mark Bradford (26), a former soldier, of Shawcroft, Sutton, admitted the 11th July assault.

Presiding magistrate Arnold Summers imposed a 12-week jail term but suspended it for a year.

Bradford was also given a one-year probation supervision order, with £85 costs, and ordered to pay £250 compensation to Mr Smith.

Gavin Haigh, for Bradford, said he was out celebrating a friend’s birthday when he noticed Mr Smith was ‘all over’ his then-girlfriend.

He confronted her about it, Mr Smith became involved and Bradford head-butted him.

Mr Haigh said the past few years had been a troubled time for Bradford.

He had served in Iraq and Afghanistan and had split up from the mother of his daughter prior to the offence.

He currently lived with his mother and worked as a carer.

“He has been depressed and has invariably stayed in since this offence,” added Mr Haigh.