Search

City broker left with brain haemorrhage after bust up with East Finchley man

PUBLISHED: 19:19 17 July 2015 | UPDATED: 19:29 17 July 2015

Brilanti Aliaj

Brilanti Aliaj

Archant

A trained barrister who left a City broker with a brain haemorrhage after a bust-up outside a bar was spared jail.

Brilanti Aliaj, 27, of Fortis Green, East Finchley, pushed John Sacre to the ground outside Harry’s Bar, in the City, when the broker rebuffed Aliaj’s attempts to help him after he was thrown out of the bar by bouncers.

Mr Sacre toppled to the ground and hit his head on the pavement after the scuffle on January 30.

He was knocked unconscious for 15 minutes and doctors later found he had suffered a brain haemorrhage, the Old Bailey heard.

Aliaj, a trained barrister who opted to shun law in favour of a role at IT firm Kelway, rushed to his victim’s aid, covering him with his coat and waiting for paramedics to arrive.

He then handed himself in to police, confessing he had caused Mr Sacre’s injury.

On Monday, Judge Richard Hone QC sentenced Aliaj to 12 months in prison, but suspended it for two years.

He said: “You were in my judgement actually trying to help, however your push caused a quite disproportionate amount of harm.

“You stayed at the scene and rendered assistance, and were fully co-operative.

“I have taken the view the custody threshold has been passed, but from what I have set out I hope all will appreciate in the very unusual circumstances it seems to me the custodial sentence I am about to pass can be suspended.”

Aliaj got into a dispute with Mr Sacre at around 1.30am on the night of the incident when the broker had been ejected from the bar and was trying to contact his girlfriend inside.

The court heard that Aliaj suggested to Mr Sacre that he produce a photograph of his girlfriend so the staff could go and speak to her so they could be reunited.

Aliaj’s suggestion “did not meet with a welcome response”, according to Judge Hone. He said Mr Sacre spent two nights in hospital and two weeks at home recuperating.

The judge ordered Aliaj, who admitted causing grievous bodily harm, to pay £2,000 compensation to Mr Sacre, and complete 100 hours’ community service and a rehabilitation programme.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 17:45

Neighbours and community groups have raised concerns over the sale of former Branch Hill House care home in Hampstead.

Yesterday, 14:44

The senior coroner for inner north London Mary Hassell is set to hold a public consultation into the new policy for how she should deal with deaths in the area, but has only given people a matter of days to send in written submissions.

Yesterday, 14:15

Camden Council has served the developers of the Leighton Arms pub in Kentish Town with an enforcement notice demanding that the pub’s conversion into a Nisa supermarket is halted and recent changes to the building are reversed.

Yesterday, 09:13

A judicial review bid by Westminster City Council against the CS11 cycle superhighway has been slammed as “petty political posturing”, as its future hangs in the balance.

Yesterday, 08:43

A Hampstead man has been charged with murder over the killing of Edmond Jonuzi outside Turnpike Lane tube station, in Haringey.

Mon, 16:40

A half-acre plot of Hampstead Heath was sold to a private buyer for £154,000 in an auction today, adding fuel to conservationists’ fears that it could be developed

Mon, 14:47

Theresa May paid tribute to the founding principles of Hampstead’s Royal Free Hospital, as she launched her £20.5 billion-a-year decade long plan for the health service this morning.

Mon, 12:08

The new police chief for Islington and Camden has already launched a taskforce to tackle violence – and said significant reductions are being made in moped crime.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Wembley Sailing Club is hosting a Push the Boat Out event on Sunday May 20, where those interested in taking up the sport are invited to experience the club in action.

Preparing your child in advance for school will go a long way towards ensuring the very best start for your child.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now