A man has been jailed for 40 months after he punched then repeatedly stamped on another customer’s head in a pub breaking his nose.
Leeds Crown Court heard the complainant Sam Smith was standing at the bar of the Commercial Pub in Cleckheaton just before 2am on January 10 when Simon David Keane was leaving with his group of friends.
Sohail Khan prosecuting said after an argument between the two Keane punched Mr Smith to the side of the face causing him to stumble back.
He then struck him again to the face leading to his falling to the floor. “He then approached him and stamped repeatedly and forcefully on his head before other people intervened and caused him to leave the pub."
Mr Khan said the complainant had no memory of what had happened. He was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary where he was found to have an abrasion to the back of his head, bruised and swollen eyes and his nose was found to have a fracture to the nasal bone and septum.
Keane was identified from CCTV and when he was interviewed made no comment to questions.
Ashok Khullar representing Keane said the incident was totally out of character for him and when he saw the CCTV footage he was disgusted by his own behaviour.
He said Keane struggled to explain his actions and could only put it down to stress he was under following the death of his best friend in Tenerife, having flown out there to deal with his affairs.
He had worked for the same employer for three and a half years and had a reference from him which highlighted his reaction that night was not usual. “He bitterly regrets it and is deeply ashamed of his behaviour.”
Keane, 34 of Craven Drive, Gomersal, Cleckheaton, admitted attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.
Jailing him Judge James Spencer QC said he accepted he had previously led a life not involving violence and had worked hard for his family but on that night he had behaved “in a completely violent way which mercifully did not result in the kind of injuries it could have resulted in.”
Using a shod foot to stamp on somebody could cause severe injuries “as it was the injuries were bad enough.” He said the jail sentence was an indication of how serious his offending was.