A soldier spent two days in hospital and had to have eye surgery after he was attacked and knocked unconscious outside a Leeds bar.
Kathryn Stuckey prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court Emmanuel Boakye, 20, was out with friends on the evening of April 4 and ended up in the early hours of the next morning at Tiger, Tiger in Albion Street.
About 2am there was a brief argument between his group and Nathan West and a friend with him, with each side accusing the other of barging into each other.
Miss Stuckey said the bouncers intervened and asked Mr Boakye and his group to go which they did.
Outside the club he crossed the road to go to a cash point machine and was using it when he saw West and his friend crossing the road towards him and there was a further row.
The complainant said West was becoming increasingly aggressive so he backed away towards the middle of the road but West began swinging punches.
Mr Boakye recalls being struck to the head and falling to the ground. He lost consciousness and the next thing he remembered was waking up in hospital.
His attacker was identified from photographs taken that night within Tiger, Tiger which were published on the bar’s Facebook page.
Miss Stuckey said Mr Boakye was found to have bleeding behind the right eyeball and a fracture of the floor of the eye socket which required surgery, fortunately he had made a good recovery.
She said West had no previous convictions but had been reprimanded in 2010 for assault and in 2012 for common assault.
West, 22 of Thornleigh Gardens, East End Park, Leeds admitted assault and was jailed for 12 months.
Judge James Spencer QC said his history of previous incidents of violence was disturbing and his role in the latest was “reprehensible.”
He said in that incident he had followed the victim out and pursued him knocking him unconscious. “It is a mercy the injury was not more serious although serious it was.”
James Bourne-Arton representing West said although a nasty injury fortunately it had not resulted in permanent eye damage. He said West denied following the other man but accepted when he saw him again by chance outside he was angry. “He is normally a hard-working law abiding individual.”