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Man walks free after punching friend who urinated on his floor
A MAN who punched a friend who urinated on his bedroom floor has walked free from court.
Robert Corless needed reconstructive surgery to his eye socket after being attacked by Anthony Spraggon following a night out in February.
Teesside Crown Court heard on Friday how the pair, together with another friend, had returned to the Darlington home of Spraggon's aunt and uncle, where the defendant was living at the time.
Sue Jacobs, prosecuting, said Spraggon fell asleep after the friends had been playing computer games and drinking.
“He was woken by the injured party who was laughing and urinating. He (Spraggon) hit out at him then bundled him outside,” she added.
The defendant later texted Mr Corless to say he would “give him another slap” if he saw him again because he had got urine and blood all over the house - and had broken his laptop.
A victim impact statement was read out in court which stated that Mr Corless had suffered double vision for two weeks and had been worried that his sight would not fully return to the injured eye.
Nigel Soppitt, mitigating, said his client felt the home of his aunt and uncle had been “violated” by a man who he though was his friend.
“He woke, he lashed out, he didn't foresee the consequences,” Mr Soppitt said, adding that Spraggon had now moved to Seaham, County Durham, and was trying to be a law-abiding citizen.
“For all intents and purposes he's turned into a model citizen who is highly thought of by his employer.”
Spraggon admitted causing grievous bodily harm at an earlier hearing.
Sentencing him to eight months in prison, suspended for a year, Judge Peter Bowers said: “The route problem of this was the drink that you all had that night.
“None of you seemed to know what went on by the time it got to the morning.
“I understand that you felt revolted and angry when this so-called friend started urinating in your aunt and uncle's bedroom but this didn't justify what you went on to do.”
Spraggon was also given a 12-month supervision order and told to pay £250 compensation.