A man suffered facial fractures and bleeding on the brain after he was floored by a punch in a Huddersfield town centre bar.

Leeds Crown Court heard Jeremy Travers was out with his girlfriend Sophie Rebecca Lockwood on the evening of December 5 last year.

Richard Canning prosecuting said they saw Robert Sheard in the bar area of Maverick's in Huddersfield shortly after 2am.

There was a conversation between them which at first was civil but then Sheard struck one punch at Mr Travers face knocking him straight to the floor. The incident happened so quickly it was not witnessed but was captured on CCTV.

Sheard was escorted from the club while Mr Travers, who had been unconscious, was taken to hospital. He was suffering dizziness, headaches and had nose-bleeds and difficulty walking.

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Two days later when he returned to hospital an X-ray showed a fractured cheekbone and he was found to have some bleeding on the brain. After he blacked out two days later further tests were done and a broken jaw was also discovered. He also had an MRI scan and further hospital appointments for treatment.

Leeds Crown Court
Leeds Crown Court

He had time off work and at one point he had feared he would not be able to play football for his local team, Holmfirth Town, again but Gillian Batts representing Sheard said by May, Mr Travers was being named again as a goalkeeper “which suggests he has made a recovery.”

Sheard, 27 of Bent Lea, Bradley, admitted causing grievous bodily harm and was given a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years with 180 hours unpaid work.

Recorder Ray Singh told him: “I know not what started the argument, clearly there must have been one. You have little recollection neither does Mr Travers. Unfortunately he lands on the floor, CCTV footage shows you throw a single punch.”