A thug who knocked a 60-year-old man unconscious with a brutal single-blow attack outside a South Tyneside pub has been spared jail.
Dale Elliott punched the man in the face and he hit his head on the pavement when he fell.
District Judge Roger ElseyThe offence was caused by your inability to control your aggression
Magistrates in South Tyneside heard the 23-year-old had followed David Hornby outside The Address pub, in Market Place, South Shields, to confront him over comments he had made to a friend.
Elliott, of Dean Road, South Shields, admitted assault by beating.
Mr Hornby spent a night in hospital after the incident but declined to support the prosecution case brought to court.
Elliott was given a 16-week jail sentence – suspended for 18 months – and told he was ‘fortunate’ the victim did not supply evidence for the court case by District Judge Roger Elsey.
Rebecca Laverick, prosecuting, said: “The attack took place at about 12.45pm on June 16. A witness saw a punch directed in the face of the victim, causing him to stagger back and fall on the pavement. She saw a large pool of blood on the ground.”
Laura Croft, defending, said Elliott had returned to the pub after the attack to ask his mother to assist the victim.
Miss Croft said: “He is extremely remorseful. He still feels sick when he thinks of the man’s head hitting the ground.”
District Judge Elsey said: “The offence was caused by your inability to control your aggression.”
Elliott must also pay a £150 criminal courts charge, an £80 victim surcharge and £50 court costs.