"Mean, selfish" attacker caught by Crimewatch appeal

"Mean, selfish" attacker caught by Crimewatch appeal

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A CARE worker traced through a BBC Crimewatch appeal has been given a 20-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £1,500 compensation for a late night “glassing”.

Stephen Mark Gibson smashed a bottle into the 24-year-old man’s face “without justification”, outside a strip club early on Sunday, June 2, 2013, and left him lying injured and bleeding on the ground, Recorder Simon Myerson QC told York Crown Court.

The court heard the two had got involved in “heated verbal banter about their sexual prowess” before Gibson swung a bottle into the victim’s face where it shattered, causing cuts.

The judge told Gibson: “You ran away, you hid, you evaded justice, you didn’t in any sense express any concern for the person you had left in that position. You didn’t seek to inquire after their welfare. You thought only of yourself. I don’t accept your behaviour – nasty, mean and selfish – is out of character.”

Nick Adlington, prosecuting, said seven months later, CCTV of the incident outside the King’s Club strip club in Harrogate was shown on the January edition of BBC Crimewatch.

After several people rang in to identify Gibson, one of the presenters announced that police would knock on his door the next day. Gibson then contacted police through his solicitor.

Gibson, 29, of Cranmill Lane, Easingwold, who is suspended from a care home for disabled people where he works, admitted wounding.

He was given a 20-month jail term suspended for two years and ordered to do 40 hours unpaid work in addition to the compensation.

For Gibson, Steven Crossley said the incident was out of character. He had no previous convictions and had a caring side, giving up his free time to take a disabled person fishing.There was evidence he had been shocked at the time by the injuries he had caused.

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