Dad-of-six in attack

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A good Samaritan looking out for an elderly woman with a heart condition was leapt on and had his eyes clawed.

Darren Barker told police he had drunk five bottles of wine and some vodka before he launched his unprovoked attack on the man who was concerned about the defendant’s mother-in-law.

In a victim’s impact statement the attacked man said his confidence had been shattered and he had had nightmares about losing his sight and being scarred for life.

Barker, a 39-year-old father-of-six, of Mariners Close, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to assault.

He was sentenced to a 12 months community order with up to 20 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, put on a six weeks curfew from 9pm to 7am, ordered to pay £200 compensation to his victim with a £150 court charge plus £85 costs and £60 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Andrew Jebb sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.