Oasis attacker given house arrest
Published 21/04/2010 | 17:22
A man who attacked Noel Gallagher on a Toronto concert stage has been sentenced to 12 months house arrest.
Canadian Daniel Sullivan ran on stage and pushed the Oasis guitarist from behind during the Virgin Music Festival in September 2008.
Noel suffered three broken ribs and needed hospital treatment while Oasis was forced to cancel later concerts in Paris and New York.
The star had said in a victim impact statement that it felt like he had been "hit by a bus," that he needed months of rehabilitation and is still in pain.
Sullivan, a 48-year-old builder, had earlier pleaded guilty to causing bodily harm.
He said he was drunk and could not remember how he got backstage at the concert.
The conditional house arrest sentence handed down allows Sullivan, who was sentenced at the Ontario Court of Justice, to go to work.
A statement released on behalf of the band at the time said: "While Noel and the band were performing Morning Glory, the assailant ran on from the back of the stage and pushed Noel from behind, who fell heavily on to his monitor speakers.
"Despite his injuries Noel returned to the stage a few minutes later to complete the band's set but was taken to hospital after the show to be examined for a suspected fractured rib and ligament damage."
The conditions placed on Sullivan's sentence include: abstaining from alcohol, no contact with the complainant, no weapons and the continuation of any treatment or counselling as prescribed by medical advisors and approved by his supervisor.