A drunk thug who left a man with serious head wounds in an unprovoked pub attack has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Matthew Bayliss attacked a man who was among a group who befriended him after he asked to join them in the Red Lion pub, Wetherby.
Leeds Crown Court heard Bayliss approached the group of men and told them he was waiting for a friend and asked if he could join them.
The court heard Bayliss offered to buy them drinks and they were getting on well until one of the men went outside for cigarette.
Bayliss, 27, followed him outside and pushed him from behind. Bayliss then punched him to the floor and kicked him to the face as he was on the ground.
The victim need stitches to three different head wounds sustained during the attack.
Bayliss ran off after the incident and police were called.
He was traced to a nearby hotel where he was staying and arrested in his room.
Bayliss was interviewed about the attack but refused to comment.
He then claimed he struck out at the victim as he feared he was about to be attacked.
Bayliss, of Church Lane, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.
The court heard he has previous convictions for assault and criminal damage dating back to 2005.
Carolyn Smith, mitigating, said Bayliss had stayed out of trouble for five years and was committed to providing for his child. The barrister said Bayliss worked for a construction company and was well regarded by his employers.
Judge Sally Cahill, QC, said: “You are the father of a young child and you are committed to that child.
“Sadly on that occasion you did not have that commitment at the forefront of your mind.”