Duo ordered to pay man £3,000 for pub attack

Bradford judge Peter Benson
Bradford judge Peter Benson

A judge has ordered two men to pay £3,000 in compensation to their victim after he suffered serious facial injuries in a pub attack.

Carl Sullivan had to undergo surgery on a broken jaw and also suffered a fractured cheekbone after he was punched by Shaun Geraghty and Darren Reid during a disturbance at the Railway pub in Ovenden back in August 2013.

The defendants, both 26, were given suspended prison sentences for their part in the violence, which was captured on CCTV footage.

Prosecutor Simon Haring told Bradford Crown Court that the early hours incident followed an argument between Geraghty and the pub landlady.

Mr Sullivan became involved in the incident, but the next thing he remembered was lying across the tables in the pub.

Mr Haring said the CCTV footage, which was shown to the judge at an earlier hearing, showed Geraghty punching Mr Sullivan in the face.

The complainant was knocked backwards over the tables, but when he managed to get up Reid then joined in and also punched him once.

When Mr Sullivan’s partner tried to intervene Geraghty pushed her over.

The complainant managed to walk home, but he later went to hospital where he had a metal plates and screws fitted in his broken jaw.

Geraghty, of Grove Royd, Ovenden, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and common assault and he was sentenced to 16 months in jail suspended for two years.

Reid, of Vegal Crescent, Halifax, also admitted causing grievous bodily harm and his 12 month prison term was suspended for the same 
period.

Geraghty will have to do 200 hours’ unpaid work for the community and Reid will have to carry out 120 hours’ unpaid community work.

Judge Peter Benson ordered each of them to pay £1,500 in compensation to Mr Sullivan.

The judge noted that in a victim impact statement made over a year after the attack Mr Sullivan was still suffering the effects of what the defendants had done to him.

“Those violent actions caused very nasty, unpleasant and indeed serious injury to him,” said Judge Benson.