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Attack broke victim’s finger
A MAN with poor eyesight behaved “like an animal” and broke a man’s finger because the victim tried to give his mother a light, York Crown Court heard.
Reece MacLeod launched an unprovoked attack in which he hit Nick Flanagan several times, knocked him unconscious and kicked him as he lay on the ground, said Alan Mitcheson, prosecuting.
His prolonged assault was so fierce, it took door staff and several members of the public to restrain MacLeod before police arrived.
Mr Mitcheson said Mr Flanagan was “in the wrong place at the wrong time”.
Kevin Blount, mitigating, said MacLeod’s mother had asked Mr Flanagan for a light for her cigarette and he had reached into his pocket to get a lighter.
But MacLeod, who is registered blind and was nearby, mistook the action for a threat to his mother and attacked him.
York Crown Court heard that one of Mr Flanagan’s fingers was broken in the attack and he suffered other injuries.
“It was an astonishing unprovoked attack,” Recorder Graeme Cook said to MacLeod after viewing CCTV of the assault.
“On the night in question, you had had too much to drink. That caused you to behave like an animal in the way you simply attacked an innocent man”.
MacLeod, 18, of no fixed address but from Acomb, admitted causing actual bodily harm and was given a community order with 12 months’ supervision and 27 sessions of a rehabilitation programme. He was also ordered to pay a £60 statutory surcharge.
The court heard he went into York city centre to celebrate his 18th birthday on June 29.
Mr Mitcheson said the attack occurred late that night outside Flares nightclub in Tanner Row when Mr Flanagan went outside to smoke a cigarette.
Mr Blount said MacLeod started drinking about the time his parents’ marriage broke up when he was 17 and he had not coped well with the change in his family life.
He was currently without income because his benefits had been stopped for bureaucratic reasons.