A Polish man who head-butted his friend before punching him up to seven times outside a Magherafelt pub, was given an eight-month suspended jail sentence at local Magistrates Court.
Twenty-nine -year-old Marcin Golon, of Laurelbrook, Magherafelt, was also ordered to pay the injured party, Andrzy Szeremet, £400 compensation.
Golon admitted assaulting Mr Szeremet, causing him actual bodily harm, on April 6 this year.
District Judge Alan White described it as an entirely unprovoked attack and one which merited custody.
“However, given your plea and your limited record I am suspending the sentence,” he told Golon.
A prosecuting lawyer told the court that at 12.28am, police were alerted to a disturbance by Magherafelt town centre CCTV.
She said police observed two males standing outside a bar at Garden Street and although the men didn’t appear to be fighting one of them had blood on his head.
The injured party was observed to have a two centimetre cut on the left side of his lip and a four centimetre laceration on the rear of his head. He was taken to hospital for treatment, the lawyer said.
Officers then viewed CCTV footage of the incident and ascertained that the injured party had been assaulted by the defendant who was along with him.
A defence lawyer said defendant had been out with his friends for a night and a comment by the injured party about a woman the defendant had been in a previous relationship with led to the assault.