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

Brilanti Aliaj

Brilanti Aliaj - Credit: central news

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.


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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.

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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.

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