Suspended jail sentence for man who attacked clubber in alleyway

A 26-year-old man who punched another clubber to the ground during an attack in a Halifax alleyway has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Aaron Halcrow launched his attack on Michael Nay after the complainant had been put out of the Acapulco nightclub in January last year.

Prosecutor Louise Azmi told Bradford Crown Court how Halcrow punched Mr Nay a number of times before breaking off the attack, but he then returned and continued to punch him.

The court also heard how doorman Kasim Aziz took the opportunity to steal Mr Nay’s wallet which had fallen onto the ground during the attack.

Last month Aziz, 21, of Mayfield Avenue, Halifax was fined by a judge after he admitted stealing the wallet and using bank cards to buy goods over the internet.

As a result of the attack Mr Nay suffered a cut above his left eye which required eight stitches and he also fractured his right wrist, possibly as he fell to the ground during the early hours incident.

Mrs Azmi said the complainant had a cast on his arm for three weeks, but was still suffering pain some six months after the attack.

Halcrow, of Highfield Road, King Cross, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful wounding and Judge Colin Burn sentenced him to nine months in prison suspended for two years.

The defendant will also have to do 120 hours unpaid work for the community and take part in an activity requirement.

His lawyer Ann-Marie Hutton conceded that it was an ugly and protracted incident, but she said Halcrow stood to lose a lot if he was sent immediately to custody.

The court heard that Halcrow had the offer of full-time work and his financee was expecting a child.

Judge Burn said Halcrow had clearly acted out of character in an unpleasant way that night.

“You said you had consumed 12 beers on the night....and you thumped Mr Nay on two occasions,” noted the judge.

The judge said such behaviour was unacceptable and nothing Mr Nay did that night merited that kind of assault.