A THUG’S record of hard work saved him from jail.
The judge was told that Ross Graddon, 21, works 60 hours a week for not much money to pay big bills.
Graddon had breached a suspended prison sentence for badly beating a young man on Church Street, Hartlepool, by targeting another victim in the same location.
He could have gone to jail for 16 months at least at Teesside Crown Court, which was the suspended period, but he was spared.
The judge Recorder Michael Slater told him that it was a close-run thing.
The judge said that he had been saved by his work record and the probation service’s rating of him as a low risk of offending again.
Prosecutor Sue Jacobs said that Graddon’s pals grabbed him when he became aggressive towards a man who had helped a young woman when she fell.
Graddon misinterpreted the situation and he broke free and battered the man, leaving him needing four stitches at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, to a deep cut above his elbow, another cut above his eye and swelling and bruising.
In May 2013, Graddon was given a 16-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, at Teesside Crown Court with unpaid work and a tagged curfew for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Paul Abrahams, defending, said that Graddon had not been in trouble since August last year and he had completed the unpaid work and curfew satisfactorily.
The judge told him: “You were still capable when in drink of becoming extremely belligerent and aggressive when the fancy takes you.
“See that it does not happen again.”
Graddon, of Kildale Grove, Hartlepool, was given a four-month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, with £145 prosecution costs, £80 victim surcharge. The earlier suspended sentence was increased to 18 months after he pleaded guilty to ABH and breach of suspended sentence.