Dad jailed after punching drinker through pub window in Cheadle
A FATHER-OF-TWO has been jailed after he seriously injured a teenager by punching his head through a pub window.
David Lovatt, aged 23, left Reece Gilbert needing stitches to facial wounds following the attack outside a town centre pub in the early hours of a morning.
And the victim may still need plastic surgery on his face, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard yesterday.
Prosecutor David Bennett said Mr Gilbert spent the evening of Saturday, September 15 drinking with friends in The Royal Oak pub in Cheadle.
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"He consumed about eight pints of lager and some shots and described himself as merry by the end of the evening," said Mr Bennett.
"At about 1am he went out the pub to have a cigarette.
"The defendant left about five minutes after. He began to walk away. But he turned round and briskly walked towards the complainant who appeared to be completely unaware of his presence.
"The defendant, for no reason, punched the complainant to the back of the head knocking him towards the pub window. He then punched him a second time knocking his head and face through small glass panes in the pub window."
Mr Gilbert lost consciousness and slumped to the floor.
Lovatt approached another man at a bus stop and started throwing punches at him. Mr Gilbert was left with numerous cuts to his head and face and needed 15 stitches.
Mr Bennett added: "He may suffer permanent scarring and need plastic surgery."
Police saw Lovatt on Bank Street bare-chested and throwing punches. He could not recall anything due to his alcohol intake but said someone banged into him in the pub. However, when shown CCTV he admitted he had mistaken the complainant for the man who banged into him.
Lovatt, of Bridgwood Road, Blythe Bridge, pleaded guilty to wounding and damaging property.
The court heard he has previous convictions for violence in pubs.
Jason Holt, mitigating, said Lovatt had been in the pub with his parents and it was the first time he had consumed alcohol in 21 months.
"He now clearly realises alcohol is a problem for him," said Mr Holt.
He added: "It was not his intention to cause these injuries. He struck two blows."
Judge Granville Styler said the offences were aggravated because Lovatt was drunk and he has previous convictions for violence in pubs.
Jailing the defendant for 20 months, Judge Styler, pictured below, said: "This was an unpleasant attack on a man minding his own business. It was completely unprovoked, a cowardly attack from behind and he had no chance to deal with it."