April 22nd, 2010
05:37 AM ET

Canadian who attacked Oasis guitarist gets house arrest

A man who attacked Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher during a Toronto concert has been sentenced to house arrest for a year, but avoided jail time, Canada's national news agency said.

In the September 2008 attack, Daniel Sullivan jumped on stage and pushed Gallagher into the floor monitors during a music festival. Security guards tackled him as he lunged for Gallagher's brother and singer, Liam.

The attack broke three of Gallagher's ribs and forced the band to cancel several shows. Gallagher filed a civil suit against Sullivan for $2 million.

An audience member videotaped the attack and posted it on the website, YouTube, where it was viewed thousands of times.

Prosecutors had asked for a six-to-eight month prison sentence for Sullivan. But the Toronto court judge said the sentence Wednesday was sufficient, the Canadian Press reported.

Sullivan, a contractor, told officials he was drunk at the time. His lawyer said a combination of stress, alcohol and keeping a business going during a dire economic climate led to the attack, the news agency reported.

Oasis had a string of hits in the 1990s, but was equally well-known for the constant feuding between the two Gallagher brothers. In August, Noel Gallagher left the band after yet another fallout with his sibling.

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  1. Judy

    What a load of crap....guy got a slap on the wrist and. I hope Gallagher persues his civil lawsuit and bleeds this pig dry. And I thought Canadians were supposed to be non-violent. Now they'll have to admit they have their share of scum too.

    April 22, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. rod manstrong

    Wait... Slap on the wrist? True, Oasis deserves a lot more for their horrendous music output. At least 10-15y for "Wonderwall" alone.

    April 22, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. kallylyn

    Oh come on now miss judy. You've never gotten drunk before and done something stupid? People make mistakes sometimes and the law decides what is a fair punishment. No one was killed.

    April 22, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Drmello

    " And I thought Canadians were supposed to be non-violent. Now they'll have to admit they have their share of scum too." Judy

    Wow Judy you sound very naive and ignorant.

    April 22, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Grahame

    Hey "kallylyn" – yes most of us have gotten drunk and done something stupid. However, most of us have not gotten drunk, snuck onto a stage in front of thousands of people and assaulted someone, breaking their ribs. There is a difference between drunken tomfoolery and a serious physical assault. I'm a Canadian and this this dummy should have spent time in jail.

    April 22, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |