A YOUNG dad who attacked a man in a pub couldn’t remember what happened - and the victim didn’t know either, a court heard.
Pennine magistrates were told how Peter Uttley, a regular at the Lord Nelson in Nelson, had been caught on CCTV and was recognised. He was later arrested and questioned and told police he had been “wrecked” at the time.
Uttley claimed he had two personalities and when he drank, his head blanked. He said he didn’t know his victim.
The defendant (21), of Southfield Street, Nelson, admitted assaulting David Noble by beating last December 2nd. He was given an 18-day curfew between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., seven days a week and must pay £130 compensation.
Miss Tracy Yates (prosecuting) said Mr Noble suffered an injury above his right eye and was taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment.
CCTV showed the victim standing by the pool table, the defendant making contact with him and Mr Noble falling backwards to the floor.
Miss Yates said, when police arrived, he did not know how he had sustained his injury but the next day remembered being hit in the face.
For Uttley, Mr Lee Hammond said both parties were extremely drunk. The defendant had thought there was going to be trouble. Mr Hammond said: “He thought there was going to be aggression. He got in first. In his drunken stupor, he thought it was the appropriate action.”