A man was knocked down by a car when he panicked and ran into the road to get away from an assailant who had just attacked him for a second time.

Leeds Crown Court heard the victim Anthony Preece, 44 was sent flying over the bonnet of the vehicle ending up unable to move in the middle of the road outside the Ivy Green pub in Moldgreen, Huddersfield.

When he was taken to hospital he was found to have broken ribs, a fractured pelvis and a pneumothorax on his left side. He was in hospital six days and off work a month as a result of his injuries and suffered back pain months later.

Nicholas Adlington prosecuting said Richard Shaw had already punched Mr Preece in the face when he saw him earlier on November 7 last year in the Brooks Arms in Moldgreen.

Mr Preece ran out past his son Matthew and a friend who were having a cigarette outside. When they caught up with him they reassured him they had spoken to Shaw and had “smoothed things over.”

The three then moved on to the Ivy Green and had bought drinks when he then saw Shaw approaching him again as they were standing outside.

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This time Shaw head-butted him to the bridge of his nose. “This being the second assault within the space of half an hour he felt scared for his safety and in panic ran into the road into the path of a car,” said Mr Adlington.

Shaw was arrested and at that time said he had only pushed him in the Brooks Arms and called Mr Preece an idiot and denied the later headbutt. He said he had never intended him to run into the road.

Georgina Goring representing Shaw said he had been out celebrating a young man’s 18th birthday when he saw Mr Preece and remembered an incident from some 20 years ago which ended with chips being thrown over him.

He acted in a way that was totally out of character and never intended he should suffer the kind of injuries he did as a result of the car accident.

Shaw, 39 of Grosvenor Road, Dalton, admitted common assault and causing grievous bodily harm and was given a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years with 200 hours unpaid work and to pay £900 costs.

Judge Guy Kearl QC told him he had come within “an ace, a hair’s breadth” of going to jail immediately.

But he said having read reference about him including one from Moldgreen Amateur Rugby League Club referring to his coaching junior rugby players “they speak of a different person” and he was able to step back from an immediate prison sentence.