A HEMSWORTH man who punched a pub-goer in the face after believing he was dating his ex-girlfriend has narrowly escaped jail.
Wade John Barlow, 26, of Ridgestone Avenue, approached Andrew Pugh in Big Fellas nightclub in Pontefract on March 13 and punched him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground.
Pontefract Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday that Barlow then punched him several times to the upper body before a doorman intervened and ejected him from the club.
Mr Pugh needed nine stitches to his lower lip and was left with a small scar.
Barlow, who pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm at an earlier hearing, told police in interview that he had carried out the assault because he knew Mr Pugh was going out with his ex-girlfriend and believed they had been involved in an affair.
In mitigation, Barlow said: “I am very sorry for what happened. I have realised what I have done.”
Barlow was sentenced to a high level community order with supervision for 18 months.
He was also ordered to pay £700 compensation to his victim.
Magistrate Mary Clifford said: “Our guidelines start at 26 weeks in custody. However, after reading the pre-sentence report we feel that you would benefit from intervention with regards to your violence and your binge drinking, which seem to be linked. Given the seriousness of the offence, this community order is made as a direct alternative to custody.
“That means you must follow this community order to the last letter. If you are told to jump you ask how high. Because if there is any breach whatsoever you will be sentenced to 26 weeks.”