Pair convicted after Gateshead pub attack

28 Feb 2017 14:00 PM

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Two people have been convicted of a violent attack at a Gateshead pub.

On Friday, February 12 2016, the owner of the Ryton Hotel was assaulted and racially abused.

The bar supervisor was also violently assaulted and hit over the head with a glass bottle causing serious injury.

Tyler Bullerwell, aged 20 and of Ash Grove in Ryton, was arrested and charged with wounding and racially aggravated common assault.

Michael Ritson, aged 21 and of Lime Grove in Ryton, was arrested and charged with affray.

They both appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday, February 27, and having pleaded guilty to their offences were sentenced.

Bullerwell was given a 12 month suspended jail sentence and Ritson a six month suspended jail sentence.

DC Sarah Munnelly, who was the investigating officer for the case, said: "This was an unprovoked violent attack that has left an innocent woman with a permanent scar to her head. The victims have remained strong throughout the course of this investigation and I hope today gives them some closure.

"It's disappointing that custodial sentences were not handed to the pair however they are now on suspended sentences and if they are involved in any more trouble they will face going to jail."

In a statement released by the victims of the attack, they said: "We have maintained our silence throughout the past year while this case was going through the courts but today we are overjoyed that the truth has prevailed and that Tyler Bullerwell and Michael Ritson have been found guilty of the cowardly offences they have committed.

"We want to thank Northumbria Police, in particular Detective Constable Munnelly and Police Constable Hyde, for their support throughout this investigation and excellent work."

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