A labourer who went out drinking to celebrate being spared a prison sentence attacked a man outside a pub and has been locked up as a result.
Ashley Riding, 27, of Ribbleton Avenue, Ribbleton, had been handed a suspended sentence for production of cannabis after officers raided his house and found 105 plants growing under a lamp in his bedroom.
A court heard he was warned if he broke the terms of the sentence he would be liable for an immediate jail term when he was sentenced at Preston Crown Court.
However following the sentencing hearing on February 23, he went out in Preston city centre to celebrate his freedom.
Another man, David Hill, had been into a newsagents in Church Street to buy cigarettes when Riding approached him and pushed him against the wall. Richard Howarth, prosecuting, told the Riding then dragged Mr Hill into the road and threw him to the floor, in a completely unprovoked attack. He then punched the man several times to the head.
Adrian Williams, defending, said: “It was a stupid thing to do to go out and celebrate his good fortune and the changes in his life only to go and bring himself before the court again.”
He said Riding has a strong work ethic and is committed to spending time with his young children.
Recorder Fiona Ashworth said: “You were told when the suspended sentence was passed that if you committed any further offences during the period of suspension you wouod be brought back before before the court and the sentence would be activated.”
Riding pleaded guilty to common assault.
He was jailed for 26 weeks.