‘Unprovoked’ attack on man

York Crown Court

York Crown Court

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A 23-YEAR-OLD has escaped with a suspended prison sentence after beating a man unconscious in an “unprovoked and savage” assault.

Toke Harrison, of Prince of Wales Terrace, appeared before York Crown Court for sentencing, having previously admitted a charge of wounding.

His victim lay prone in an alley, beside the Bacchus nightclub in Ramshill Road, with blood pouring from a facial wound before a Good Samaritan stopped and gave assistance until the emergency services arrived.

He lay in the street for a total of 12 minutes after being felled and set about by Harrison in the early hours of December 18 last year.

Alan Mitcheson, prosecuting, told how Harrison, members of his family and some friends were turned away from the club as door staff believed some of them to have been barred on a previous occasion.

After an argument with the staff, Harrison walked away from the door with his party and came across the victim in the alley, setting upon him without warning.

After punching him to the ground, Harrison then sat astride his victim, delivering further blows.

Another man then kicked the unconscious man, although no further injury was caused as a result.

After the attack by Harrison, Mr Cannon received a wound to his lower lip, which later required stitching, a cut to his eyebrow and bruising to his face.

When later shown CCTV footage by the police of the incident, Harrison expressed his remorse and shame for his actions.

Passing sentence, Recorder Simon Jackson QC said that the attack had been “unprovoked and savage.

He added that significantly, as in many cases, the violence used had led to another getting involved by kicking, something which can and does result in more serious injuries and even death.

Harrison was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay compensation to Mr Cannon of £1,000 and £500 towards the costs of the prosecution.