Sutton Bridge man admits to launching unprovoked attack on Turkish man

PUBLISHED: 08:40 29 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:27 02 June 2010

THE victim of an unprovoked attack in a Wisbech street suffered a perforated eardrum and hearing loss, a court heard. Drunken David Appleton hit Aziz Karaoglan so hard that his ear bled, and the force of the blow caused him to drop the takeaway meal he wa

THE victim of an unprovoked attack in a Wisbech street suffered a perforated eardrum and hearing loss, a court heard.

Drunken David Appleton hit Aziz Karaoglan so hard that his ear bled, and the force of the blow caused him to drop the takeaway meal he was carrying.

On the same night, Appleton smashed panes of glass in a home being renovated, leaving blood on the glass and curtains.

Appleton, 40, of King Street, Sutton Bridge, appeared before Fenland magistrates on Wednesday, when he admitted causing actual bodily harm to his 50-year-old retired Turkish victim and damaging £30 worth of glass belonging to Christopher Plumb in Wisbech on October 24.

Mr Karaoglan had collected a takeaway meal from his son's restaurant before the attack in Nene Quay, and was carrying a pizza box and a number of kebabs when Appleton ran towards him, and punched the left side of his head, said prosecutor John Nooijen.

After Appleton ran off, Mr Karaoglan flagged down a police car, and was taken to hospital for treatment. Appleton was found with a badly bleeding hand, and a paramedic attended to him.

"My client cannot remember what he did, so it was not premeditated," said solicitor John Clarke. "Alcohol is certainly a problem here. When you drink until you don't know what you are doing, then perhaps you need to go on a course."

Sending Appleton to Cambridge Crown Court for sentencing, presiding magistrate Alan Jones told him: "This was an entirely unprovoked assault on someone trying to mind their own business. Clearly drink played a major part in what was going on here.


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