Thug banned from all UK pubs and nightclubs after attacking man on first night after lockdown
A convicted felon has been banned from all bars and nightclubs across the UK after smashing a man’s skull on his first night after the lockdown.
Gavin Barratt, 34, left his victim John Hughes with a brain bleed when he hit him in a vicious street attack.
Barratt had been drinking heavily on his first night after the lockdown when he walked over to Mr Hughes outside McDonald’s in Hereford.
Mr. Hughes was walking past the restaurant at 2 a.m. on September 6 of last year when Barratt punched him so hard he was knocked unconscious.
Barratt, of Hereford, was arrested and admitted grievous bodily harm when he appeared at Worcester Crown Court.
He was spared in jail, but the judge banned him from all bars, bars and nightclubs in the UK for two years.
Sentencing him on Wednesday, Judge Nicholas Cole said: “You could have easily left the scene, but you chose not to.
“You hit Mr. Hughes on the head causing him to hit his head on the sidewalk with significant and serious consequences.”
Barratt was sentenced to 18 months in prison suspended for two years.
He was also ordered to perform 200 hours of unpaid work and pay Mr Hughes compensation of £ 3,000.
The court heard Barratt claim that Mr. Hughes provoked the attack by pulling his coat over his head.
Naomi Nelson-Cofie, prosecuting, said: “The accused says he threw that single punch that left the complainant motionless on the ground.”
Barratt fled the scene, leaving Mr. Hughes unconscious on the street in front of horrified revelers.
Mr Hughes was rushed to Hereford County Hospital before being transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
A CT scan revealed he had suffered brain bleeding and a fractured skull.
Mr Hughes also suffered from bruising and swelling in his left eye, a cut on the side of his lip, a chip to his front tooth, lost fillings, hearing loss in one ear and facial paralysis which lasted just under two months.
The injuries mean Mr. Hughes is not allowed to work as a truck driver for two years due to a risk of seizures due to the head injury.
In a victim impact statement Mr Hughes said his physical condition had deteriorated as well, suffered from depression and was facing an initial dental bill of £ 300.
Barratt has already been the subject of 43 convictions, including 12 for violent assault, as well as another attack outside the same McDonald’s in Hereford in 2012.
He was also convicted of assault and assault in 2003, another charge in 2006 and four racially assaulted under section 47 in 2008.
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