A MAN who repeatedly punched another customer at a Wrexham pub, knocking him out, has been spared an immediate term of imprisonment.
Darren Gears, 34, received a 14-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.
He was ordered to carry out the maximum 300 hours of unpaid work and he was made the subject of a four-month curfew – under which he must remain indoors between 6pm and 6am.
He was not ordered to pay compensation to the victim, who refused to make a complaint. But Gears, of Tanat Way, Wrexham, was ordered to pay £1,200 prosecution costs when he appeared at Mold Crown Court.
Judge Niclas Parry told him he was a man “who easily resorts to violence and threatening behaviour. Your record is littered with evidence of that over 15 years,” he said.
It had been “a sickening and sustained attack” on a vulnerable victim who had been left “unconscious and lifeless” as he continued to beat him.
But he had pleaded guilty, the incident was short-lived, the injuries were not serious and he later rang the victim to apologise.
He also took into account that the victim had decided not to assist the prosecution.
Prosecuting barrister Simon Rogers said that victim Paul Duffy, 47, was in the Welsh Fusilier in Chester Road, Wrexham, on the evening of April 25.
Gears had argued with his girlfriend and went to sit alone at a table.
At one stage the victim went to sit with him, they chatted and everything seemed fine.
But staff heard a noise and saw Gears standing over the other man punching him repeatedly.
A staff member believed he was unconscious as Gears continued to punch him, which she found sickening.
Gears said “don’t call the police” before leaving.
The victim had a deep gash to the lip but did not wish to make a complaint, saying he considered the defendant to be a friend.
A CCTV of the incident was played to the court.
Brian Treadwell, defending, said Gears accepted his behaviour was totally inappropriate and utterly unacceptable.
He had an insight into his behaviour. It was not the sort of mindless violence that he had engaged in, in the past.
There had been an exchange between the two of them and in drink he responded in a wholly disproportionate way by striking him repeatedly.
He made no excuses for what happened.