Pubgoer knocked out following a fracas between two groups of men

The Lamb and Packet pub, Friargate, Preston
The Lamb and Packet pub, Friargate, Preston
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A PUB goer was left unconscious after an unprovoked attack by a punter.

Victim Cameron Johnston had already been pushed to the ground outside the Lamb and Packet pub on Friargate, Preston, after a fracas with another group of men on February 27, Preston’s Sessions House Court was told. But as he went to stand up, John Taylor, 29 - who was leaving the pub and had no involvement in the previous incident - punched him and knocked him out.

Taylor, of Church Road, St Annes, admitted causing actual bodily harm.

Prosecuting, Susan Carter said: “Mr Johnston had been into Preston with his brother and friend to try clothing for his brother’s wedding.

“The incident happened at about 6.20pm when the three men went into a pub.

“The licensee Mr McIntosh describes them coming into the pub and their attendance causing no problems.

“A second group of 10 to 12 men have been involved with Mr Johnston and his group to the extent that he was ushered out of the public house.

“Having been pushed out he then falls to the floor, having had a pint of beer poured on him.

“The defendant finished his drink, and goes out of the pub and as Mr Johnston is getting to his feet, without anything being said, he strikes him once to the face.

“The consequence of that blow to the head is he falls to the floor and loses consciousness for several minutes.”

The court heard he was taken to hospital and suffered a cut in his ear canal.

Taylor has seven convictions for eight offences.

Defending, Joe Hart said: “This was a defendant who was having a quiet drink.

“He accepts entirely it was an instinctive reaction to seeing a man who’s getting up and coming towards him.”

Judge Ian Leeming QC isentenced Taylor to 220 hours of unpaid work and £300 compensation.