Man escapes jail following assault


A man who was punched outside a Halifax nightclub was later found to have suffered a bruise to his brain.

Wayne Simpson had been ejected from Chicago’s nightspot in the early hours of March 17, but as he remonstrated with door staff he was punched in the face by another clubber Andrew Smith.

Bradford Crown Court heard how the punch knocked Mr Simpson to the ground causing him to bang his head on the pavement.

The complainant initially had stitches put in two wounds to the back of his head, but prosecutor Jonathan Sharp said he also suffered concussion.

After the wounds became infected Mr Simpson was readmitted to hospital and underwent a CT scan which revealed a small bruise to the brain.

“It’s right to say that has not required the radical or major intervention that sometimes occurs,” said Mr Sharp.

His attacker Smith, 22, of Croft Rise, Wheatley, Halifax, was traced with the help of CCTV footage and he pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Judge John Potter described Smith’s behaviour as a ‘’senseless act of violence’’, but after reading impressive references about him the judge indicated that his early guilty plea had saved him from an immediate prison sentence.

Smith was sentenced to 10 months in jail for the assault, but the judge suspended that for 12 months.

As part of the sentence Smith will have to do 250 hours unpaid work for the community.