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Former Emmerdale star sentenced

Luke Tittensor
Luke Tittensor has been ordered to pay the victim compensation

Former Emmerdale star Luke Tittensor, who played Daz Eden, has been given a 9-month suspended sentence for assault.

The 19-year-old appeared in court last month and admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on a 16-year-old.

The star, who was sacked from the show, must complete 200 hours unpaid work and pay £1,000 compensation to the victim.

Judge Lindsey Kushner QC said: "You look like a responsible young man. You behaved like so many of the louts that we see before us in these courts."

Tittensor has also been ordered to pay £1,100 costs.

'Inflated view'

Bolton Crown Court heard how the victim was left "badly injured" following the attack in February last year.

Judge Kushner said: "You are 19 years of age but ostensibly more mature than most 19-year-olds because you have been living in the public eye since you were a child.

I have to demonstrate to the public that whether you are famous or whether you are unknown, the court has to take a dim view of this behaviour
Judge Lindsey Kushner

"This poor boy has suffered a full assault, serious injury, surgery, and he is generous enough to say all he wants you to do is accept your responsibility, which in fact you have.

"But my responsibility is different. I have to demonstrate to the public that whether you are famous or whether you are unknown, the court has to take a dim view of this behaviour."

'Criminal behaviour'

He added: "Goodness knows what happened. I don't know if you were a victim of your own inflated view on that day, I don't know. Can there be an end to this, please?"

Tittensor, dressed in a black suit and black tie, nodded in response.

The attack happened after a drinks carton was thrown at the victim - who cannot be named for legal reasons - from a car Tittensor was travelling in.

Initially the car drove off, but returned and pulled up near to the victim and his friends, who were waiting for a taxi.

Mark Ford, prosecuting, said the victim had been struck "without warning or provocation".

He added: "The force of that blow caused him to fall to the ground and the defendant then stamped on the face of his victim as he lay prone."

The victim was taken to hospital where he had to undergo an operation to have a screw and metal plate inserted into his jaw.

Last week, an ITV spokeswoman said the actor's contract had been terminated. He was seen leaving the show on Friday.

ITV said the decision had been made because it could not "condone criminal behaviour".

The spokeswoman added: "Luke regrets his behaviour and understands this situation."

Tittensor had been part of the soap opera's cast since he was 13.

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