Two men have pleaded guilty to committing ABH against the same man, in an attack in Bourne left the victim momentarily unconscious.
Carl Andrew Giddings and Elliot Jay Keen, both aged 20 and of Wood Road, Kings Cliffe, entered guilty pleas to ABH dating back to Saturday, April 4.
Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka described how the victim was outside The Jubilee pub in North Street with a group of friends, while the two defendants were part of another group.
They first came into contact when the victim came over to ask for a cigarette, and there was what was described as ‘a bit of banter between the two groups’.
However later the talk between the groups became abusive, and around eight people were captured on CCTV as the situation grew hostile and there was pushing.
The victim and the two defendants were involved in this confrontation, and Giddings was then seen to punch the man once to the side of the head, causing him to stumble backwards and fall to the floor.
While he was on the ground, Keen then approached and kicked him to the back of the head, causing him to lose conciousness for about three minutes.
The CCTV also captured Keen and another man re-enacting the punch and kick as they walked away.
The doctor who treated the victim at hospital said he had a laceration to the back of his head that was about an inch in length, and was glued rather than needing stitches.
During interview Giddings said he had drunk about five lagers between 9pm to 2.30am, with Keen estimating he’d had around two cans and five pints. Both said they didn’t know the victim.
Giddings told police that the complainant had approached them first and continued to do so despite them repeatedly asking him to leave. He added that he felt the man was being threatening, with Giddings adding that he threw the punch ‘to give him a warning’.
Keen also said he felt threatened, and was being provoked and called names.
Representing Keen, Rob Arthur said that the complainant had been annoying them and that they felt threatened because the other man was bigger.
Commenting on the kick, he acknowledged his client had ‘lashed out’.
Defending Giddings, Julian Sheen also highlighted the provocation earlier in the night, while identifying some intent in his client’s words that it was ‘a warning’.
Both men had no previous convictions.
Magistrates adjourned the case so that pre-sentence reports can be prepared on both defendants, before another hearing at Grantham on August 13.
They both remain on conditional bail not to contact named witnesses or the victim.