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Young Murton party-goer warned over future behaviour after unprovoked attack
A TEENAGER who carried out an unprovoked attack on a fellow drinker leaving a house party narrowly escaped an immediate custodial sentence.
But Tyla Jay Jackson was warned any repeat of the incident, in the early hours of January 31, will result in him going behind bars.
Durham Crown Court heard that leaving the house party in Calvert Terrace, Murton, Jackson pursued another departing guest, both having drunk heavily in the preceding hours.
Liam O’Brien, prosecuting, said the other youth refused to “rise to the bait” of taunts by Jackson, but was struck from behind by him, causing him to drop to the ground.
Jackson then kicked him several times on the ground and smashed his mobile phone when he reached for it to ring the police.
The victim suffered a number of lacerations, swellings and bruises round the face, but no bone injuries.
Nineteen-year-old Jackson was arrested at his home, in Watkin Crescent, Murton, the following day.
He initially denied involvement, but his blood-strewn trainers were recovered by police and sent for forensic testing.
Jackson, however, pleaded guilty to charges of assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage of the phone at his first court appearance.
Ian Hudson, mitigating, told today's (Wednesday August 28) sentencing hearing that Jackson, who has mental health issues, has stayed out of trouble since the incident.
Recorder Helen Proops imposed a nine month sentence in a young offenders’ institution, suspended for 18 months, during which Jackson must undergo probation supervision.
She told him his offending history is becoming “a concern” but advised him to continue the “good progress” of recent months or risk facing future custodial sentences.