Assault on man outside Downham Market pub
A man who thought a former good friend had “grassed” on a pal kicked and punched him outside a Downham pub, a court heard.
Jack Anthony Webb pounced as the victim emerged from the Swan, Lynn magistrates heard on Monday.
Prosecuting, Jane Walker said: “It was 6.15pm and the complainant stepped outside the pub. He said the next thing he knew he was on the floor having been punched.”
A witness said 25-year-old Webb kicked his former friend while he was down.
Miss Walker said there was “history” between the two men, Webb believing the complainant had “grassed up” a mutual friend.
In police interview, Webb - who said he probably wouldn’t have carried out the offence had he not drunk about five cans of Foster’s lager - claimed the assaulted man had been sending him threatening text messages. Webb carried out the attack to “stop him causing any harm described”.
Injuries included cuts to the nose and lip. The victim said he suffered a fractured eye socket and lost £750 earnings through a week off work.
Webb, of London Road, Downham, pleaded guilty to assault on November 2 last year. He was of previous good character, the court heard.
Mitigating, Tiffany Meredith said there was no medical evidence to support the claim of a fractured eye socket. She said Webb was “very concerned” for the safety of his family after the messages included threats to “send people round”.
Webb was fined £200 and told to pay £300 compensation and £115 in costs and victim surcharge.