A man has been banned from every pub, bar and nightclub in the UK after smashing a man’s skull on his first night out after lockdown.
Gavin Barratt, 34, left lorry driver John Hughes with a bleed on the brain after punching him in a vicious street attack.
The tattooed thug had been drinking heavily and was outside McDonald’s in Hereford when Mr Hughes walked past at 2am on September 6 last year.
He then launched at Mr Hughes, punching him so hard he knocked him out.
Barratt fled the scene leaving his victim unconscious on the ground in front of horrified onlookers.
Mr Hughes was rushed to hospital, where a CT scan revealed he had suffered a fractured skull.
Naomi Nelson-Cofie, prosecuting, said: ‘The next day Barratt telephoned police to give his account after word spread on social media.’
The court heard Barratt claimed Mr Hughes provoked the attack by pulling his coat over his head.
Miss Nelson-Cofie said: ‘The defendant says he threw that one single punch which rendered the complainant motionless on the floor.’
Mr Hughes also suffered bruising and swelling to his left eye, a cut to the side of his lip, a chip to his front tooth, hearing loss, and facial palsy for two months.
His injuries means he can’t work as a lorry driver for two years because of the risk of seizures from his head injury.
In a victim impact statement, he said: ‘The left-hand side of my face collapsed.’
He said he had depression and his physical fitness deteriorated, while he was also lumped with a £300 dental bill.
Barratt, of Hereford, admitted grievous bodily harm when he appeared at Worcester Crown Court.
He was spared jail but the judge banned him from every pub, bar and nightclub in the UK for two years.
Sentencing him on Wednesday, Judge Nicholas Cole said: ‘You could quite easily have left the scene, but you chose not to.
‘You punched Mr Hughes to the head, and that caused his head to hit the pavement, having significant and serious consequences.’
Judge Cole told him there was a ‘realistic prospect of rehabilitation’ and that jailing him would have ‘a significant, harmful effect on others’.
He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years.
Barratt was also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and pay Mr Hughes £3,000 compensation.
Barratt has 43 previous convictions, including 12 for violent assaults, as well as another attack outside the same McDonald’s in Hereford in 2012.
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