A REVELLER attacked a man with learning difficulties in an alley outside a town centre pub.
Reeve Darby, 32, punched Bernard Daley twice in the face outside Loons bar, in Hartlepool, after a disagreement with him.
Supermarket worker Mr Daley was left with a bloodied nose after being knocked to the ground in the assault.
He had ended up in the Victoria Road bar after meeting up with work friends on October 31 last year.
Darby was originally charged with robbery after Mr Daley found his wallet and three neck chains missing when he came round in the alley.
A trial began at Teesside Crown Court in February but prosecutors dropped the robbery charge after Mr Daley said he could not remember how or when the items went missing.
Darby admitted punching the victim twice after CCTV showed him leaving the bar and going into the alley with Mr Daley.
He pleaded guilty to an offence of actual bodily harm.
Darby claimed he attacked Mr Daley because of remarks made to him in the bar.
He was given a 12-month community order with probation supervision when he was sentenced on Friday.
Katherine Dunn, mitigating, said: “It was not a pre-meditated offence.
“The injury was minor, it consisted of swelling to the nose.
“He clearly needs some help. He has an alcohol problem and needs some help to deal with it.
“He expresses remorse in his pre-sentence report and would be willing to pay some form of compensation.”
Recorder William Lowe ordered Darby, of Osborne Road, Hartlepool, to pay Mr Daley £750 and complete 120 hours of unpaid community work.
Mr Lowe said: “You must understand if you commit offences of violence again you are quite likely to be sent to prison.
“It must have come as a great shock to the victim. He has learning difficulties and was rendered immobile if not unconscious.”