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An assailant who punched a man to the ground causing head fractures and bleeding on the brain has been ordered to pay his victim £3,000 in compensation.

Louis Perkins, 29, took exception to a comment from the victim and drunkenly felled him with a forceful blow, causing him to bang his head on the ground. The injured man had blood coming out of his ears. He suffered a fractured skull and cheekbone as well as bleeding and bruising on the brain, said Justin Wigoder, prosecuting, at Leicester Crown Court. Perkins, of Nook Street, Leicester, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm, during a 50th birthday celebration, at West End Working Men's Club, in Braunstone, on September 20. He was given an 18 month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and was ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work. The £3,000 compensation is to be paid within 12 months.

Judge Robert Brown said: "This could have been a one-punch manslaughter case. "I'm told you perceived there to be some provocation upon you from the complainant and you reacted in a momentary loss of temper. I accept you've shown genuine remorse."

He said the seriously injured victim was likely to make a full recovery, but added: "He's not there yet."

Mr Wigoder said the complainant had attended a rugby club with others before going to the party. The defendant was abusive to those from the rugby club because they were wearing ties. He said: "As the victim was leaving, he went up to the defendant (whom he knew), smiling, and said 'Years ago I gave you a slap around the ear.' "The defendant punched him very hard to the face, knocking him out."

The victim, 49, who was self-employed, lost out financially whilst recovering, and had to cancel a pre-arranged holiday. He was in an emergency treatment unit for three days and still has on-going problems, with a ringing right ear and is due to have another CT scan. Mr Wigoder said it left him in extreme discomfort, he was unable to sleep properly, and became short-tempered. When arrested, the defendant told the police: "He's bullied me all my life and I punched him. "I felt intimidated because his sons were there."

Vasanti Vaitha, mitigating, said: "He clearly regrets his actions and knows what he did was wrong. "He's aware of the impact it has had on the victim and he will have to live with the fact he was responsible for those injuries. It arose very quickly and he accepts he was under the influence of alcohol, which may have played a part." She said that Perkins, a father of three, was a hard working man, who had come to court with glowing references.

Details from Leicester Mercury



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