A teenager who attacked a middle-aged neighbour with a golf club has been spared jail.
Leeds Crown Court heard that 18-year-old John MacIntyre had repeatedly struck the 50-year-old with the weapon and the victim suffered a broken ankle during the attack.
It was revealed that MacIntyre had used the club to smash a panel in his neighbour’s front door.
When the man went outside to photograph the damage, the teenager had launched the attack.
The teenager, from Owlett Mead, in Thorpe, subsequently pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and criminal damage.
The court chose not to impose an immediate custodial sentence after hearing a statement from the victim which described MacIntyre as “a nice lad” and appealed for leniency.
MacIntyre was instead given a 20-month sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 150 hours’ unpaid work.
He will also be the subject of a six month curfew and have to pay £500 in compensation as part of his punishment.
The Judge said: “I am not sending you to prison because your victim does not want you to go.
“You have him to thank for the fact that you are not going immediately to custody today.”
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