A man suffered a broken skull and a bleed on the brain after being punched from behind in a brawl outside a Leicester city centre bar.
The victim’s brother had started the trouble by punching Jaspal Singh while he was in the smoking area outside the Mamba bar in Market Street.
He was ejected from the bar and several people were involved in a fight in the street. Singh went to confront his attacker and there was a brawl involving Singh, the victim and the victim’s brother.
Door staff calmed the situation down but moments later Singh walked up behind the victim and knocked him to the floor. The force of the blow knocked Singh’s victim unconscious and he was therefore unable to break his fall.
His head smashed into the ground, breaking his skull and causing a bleed in his brain.
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Leicester Crown Court heard on Wednesday that the victim only went to hospital the following morning after he started vomiting but he then discharged himself against medical advice later on.
33-year-old Singh, of Narborough Road, Leicester, was later arrested and he pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm for his part in the fight in the early hours of September 16, 2018.
Prosecutor Richard Gibbs told the court: “A number of people gathered outside Mamba Bar and among those were the complainant, his uncle and his brother..
“There’s some form of disagreement that takes place.
“The complainant is then walking away with his back to the defendant, who is following him.
“There’s a single blow and the complainant struck his head on the pavement. It’s that impact that causes the subdural bleeding.
“The punch would have knocked him unconscious and he then falls to the floor unable to impact his fall.
“His head impacts on the pavement, which causes the injury he receives.”
Harbinder Singh Lally, representing Singh, said his client had just been trying to speak to the complainant’s brother after he had punched him.
Mr Lally said: “Mr Singh had cigarette ash in his eyes and drink all over him.
“He goes outside to confront the brother but the intention wasn’t to cause any physical harm.”
Mr Lally said his client, a “hard-working” British Gas engineer who is engaged to be married, had a caring and generous side to him. He asked the judge not to jail his client as that could lead to his client losing his fiancée as well as his livelihood.
He said: “It passes the custody threshold, we accept that. But he’s got a lot to lose. He will lose his job and once the word gets out into the community the family of his fiancée will not tolerate her getting married into the family when he has been sent to prison.”
Judge Philip Head said he was aware that the victim and his brother “behaving boorishly and unpleasantly” inside the premises had ultimately led to the fight outside.
But he said Singh later became the aggressor. He said: “The tide turned and you were thereafter entirely in the wrong.”
He described the first violence, which was captured on CCTV, and added: “Things calmed down but you reignited the violence.
“You struck him so hard that you knocked him out, causing him to fall to the ground.
“The blow to the pavement had fractured his skull, causing the subsequent bleed.”
Singh was given a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years, as well as a three-month curfew.
He will be electronically tagged and required to remain in his home between 8pm and 7am for the next three months.
He was also ordered to pay £750 court costs.
The judge said: “Commit another offence in that two years and you will go inside.”