Waterfront: Suspended sentence for man who fractured victim’s skull in attack

Man sentenced for assault

A MAN accused of a late night attack in the town’s Waterfront area which left a man with a fractured skull has walked free from court after being given a suspended prison sentence.

Michael Hussey, 22, of Middlesex, had denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent to his victim on October 14 last year and was found not guilty by a jury after a trial at Ipswich Crown Court earlier this month.

However he was found guilty of a less serious offence of assault causing him actual bodily harm and was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months.

He was also ordered to do 100 hours’ unpaid work in the community and to pay his victim �4,000 compensation.

During the trial the court heard that the victim and a friend had been walking home from Cardinal Park at around 3am when they became aware of a man shouting abuse at them.

The victim heard the sound of something smashing and had then felt an impact to the side of his head and pain.

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He was later found to have suffered a fractured skull.

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