Smashed nose for pumpkin man

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Halloween fun turned to horror for a man dressed as a pumpkin – when he was attacked by a drunken reveller in South Yorkshire.

Nigel Bint, who suffered a busted nose when he was headbutted in the face, is now set to receive compensation from his assailant after a judge awarded him £500 because ‘he deserved more than just an apology’.

Recorder Julian Smith imposed a suspended 36-week prison sentence on 30-year-old John Armstrong, who pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

Armstrong, from Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, who was working on a cable-laying contract in Doncaster at the time, was also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and placed on a 9pm to 6am curfew for a month.

Prosecutor Carl Fitch told Doncaster Crown Court Mr Bint was doing promotions work in Silver Street, Doncaster, on October 30 for the nightspot Mambo, and was dressed in a pumpkin mask and cloak, attracting some attention from passers-by.

Armstrong came up to him and said he liked his mask but then tried to poke his eyes through it. Shortly after Armstrong approached him again and punched Mr Bint’s mask, causing it to split.

Mr Bint asked doormen to detain his attacker but the defendant grabbed him and headbutted him on the nose, breaking it, said Mr Fitch.

“This was a totally unprovoked attack and when he was arrested Armstrong accepted he was drunk,” he added.

Colin Harvey, defending, said the injury looked unpleasant but claimed medical evidence showed the nose was not actually broken.

“No doubt my client is better with his muscles than with verbal communication,” Mr Harvey said. “His name is Armstrong but unfortunately the drink made him headstrong.”