Pub thug jailed over drunken attack

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A drunken thug who punched a man unconscious in an unprovoked pub attack has been jailed for 12 months.

After the attack Lee Cornfield, 32, told police he hit the man because he didn’t like the look of him.

Leeds Crown Court heard Cornfield’s victim was struck from behind before falling to the ground and hitting his head on a radiator.

The victim remembers nothing of the incident and can only recall waking up in hospital.

The attack took place in the early hours of January 11 this year in the Tawny Owl pub, Ossett.

The court heard the victim had spoken to Cornfield earlier in the evening and they had been on friendly terms.

Cornfield attacked him later without warning. The victim suffered a fractured nose and cuts to his lip which have left him with permanent scars.

Cornfield, of Headlands Road, Ossett, told police he had drunk around seven cans of strong lager as well as spirits before going to the pub.

Cornfield was shocked by his actions when CCTV footage of the incident was shown to him. He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The court heard he has previous convictions for drink-related violence.

Francis Dunning, mitigating, said Cornfield was sorry for what he had done and had pleaded guilty to the offence at an early opportunity.

He described Cornfield as a hard working man who had contributed to society.

Judge James Spencer, QC, told Cornfield: “You were blatantly drunk.

“There was absolutely no provocation and this was a cowardly, cheap shot. Just because you took against this particular man, and when he wasn’t looking, you hit him.”