Bar attacker must pay victim £500

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

A 35-year-old man who was caught on camera taking part in a violent attack in a Sowerby Bridge bar has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Judge John Potter was shown CCTV footage from inside Bar Francisca which showed the attack on Nicholas Caulfield by a group of men almost a year ago.

During a hearing a Bradford Crown Court the judge told Scott Hastie that although he did not throw the first punch he became heavily involved in the violence which left Mr Caulfield with a black eye, cuts to his head and other injuries to his body.

Judge Potter said the attack, which appeared to be unprovoked, involved others as well as Hastie and would have resulted in a prison sentence after a trial.

But Hastie, of Baker Street North, Holmfield, Halifax, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and the judge told him that his admission meant the prison term could be suspended.

Judge Potter said the incident must have been a frightening experience for Mr Caulfield and he ordered Hastie to pay him £500 in compensation.

Hastie was sentenced to 12 months in prison for the assault, but it was suspended for two years.

He must also do 150 hours unpaid work for the community.