Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bar Attacker Threw Man Down Its Steps

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bar Attacker Threw Man Down Its Steps

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY Reporter sophie.doughty@reachplc.com

ATHUG threw a fellow reveller down a flight of stairs at a trendy city bar.

Bradley Aspin was left with a broken back after getting into an argument with stranger Jermaine Allen, who then attacked him, at House of Smith, on Newcastle's Collingwood Street.

The then-19-year-old was thrown down a flight of stairs.

Now Allen, 30, of Brindle Close, Bradford, has been jailed for four years and six months for the attack, which happened in September 2017 and was caught on CCTV.

And today, as police reveal how they had to trawl city hotels to find their suspect after Allen fled the scene, Bradley has spoken of his ordeal.

The 21-year-old said: "I don't know what happened exactly. I can't remember any of it as I was knocked unconscious but I have seen the CCTV.

"It left me with two broken bones in my back and I was in a back brace for five months, I couldn't walk without it, and had to take medication and undergo physio. It happened two and a half years ago now but when it first happened it really badly affected me. I wasn't able to work and I couldn't socialise.

"I felt depressed as I couldn't do any of my day-to-day activities. "Even now I still need to do musclestrengthening. I can't go to the gym and I can't play football which is something that I always loved to do."

Bradley, who is from Stockton, was enjoying a night out in Newcastle when he crossed paths with Allen, who had travelled to the city from Bradford The pair got into a row in House of Smith.

CCTV footage played in court showed them arguing at the top of a flight of stairs before Allen attacked Bradley and threw him down the steps.

Allen then went back into the bar while his teenage victim was taken to hospital, where it was discovered his back was broken in two places. When officers from Northumbria Police arrived at the bar and attempted to detain Allen he became aggressive and was able to flee on foot after a group of his pals intervened in his arrest. …

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