A lout who knocked a man unconscious in an Accrington pub three months after attacking a doorman has been jailed for eight months.
Adolphus Varey, 23, had left his victim Derek Hayhurst needing stitches and scarred for life after he hit him once in Warners on Church Street. Mr Hayhurst, who had had about 10 pints, had no recollection of being thumped, Burnley Crown Court heard.
The hearing was told Varey was in breach of a conditional discharge imposed for battery. The defendant, of Charter Street, Accrington, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.
Sentencing him, Judge Beverley Lunt said the attack was unprovoked and even though it was only one punch, it had left very nasty injuries. She told Varey: "It's very concerning that when in drink you are violent."
Natalia Cornwall, prosecuting, told the court on September 24 at about 1am, police were called to Warners. CCTV was viewed and showed the defendant assaulting the victim. Varey was seen to run out of the pub and was also seen shaking his hand as if he had struck something or someone. He was stopped by police on Ormerod Street.
He did not comply with officers and struggled as they tried to handcuff him and put him in the police van. He asked them: "Do you think I will get remanded for this? I am already on a conditional discharge for assault." He was questioned and made no comment.
Mr Hayhurst had suffered a three centimetre laceration to his lip and had to have stitches both inside and outside his mouth. The incident had knocked his confidence.
Miss Cornwall said on June 11, the defendant had been sentenced for hitting a pub doorman as he was being removed from the premises. He had run off then as well.
Ken Hind, for Varey, said: "He drinks too much."
The victim had approached the lady who was with the defendant and some of her friends at least three times but his attentions were rejected. Mr Hind continued: "The defendant should not have done what he did. He totally accepts that. He hit him once and that was it. The man hit the floor and banged his head when he went down."
The barrister added Varey was thoroughly ashamed. He had assaulted the doorman after he said something about the defendant's mother.