Published Apr 21, 2010Nearly two years after the Oasis stage-invader saga began, we finally know the fate of Daniel Sullivan, the 48-year-old Ontario man who attacked Noel Gallagher at Toronto's Virgin Festival in 2008. In a Toronto court today (April 21), Sullivan was sentenced to 12 months of house arrest.
While the Crown was hoping for six to eight months in jail, Sullivan instead will only be allowed to leave his house to run his contracting business and will have an additional four hours a week for personal matters outside his home. He also will not be allowed to possess alcohol for 12 months.
The onstage attack on Gallagher broke three of the guitar player's ribs and forced Oasis to cancel a series of concerts as a result of the incident. In a victim impact statement, Gallagher said the attack felt like he had been "hit by a bus."
Sullivan pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm. He told the court he was drunk and could not remember how he got backstage to rush forward and push Gallagher from behind.
Sullivan wrote a letter of apology to Gallagher, expressing his regret in the courtroom by saying, "I would like to express my sincere apology to the victim," reports the Globe and Mail. After sentencing, Sullivan's lawyer told reporters outside the courtroom, "He has demonstrated his contrition, embarrassment, if not shame over what happened."
Gallagher still has a $2 million civil lawsuit against Sullivan.