Two friends ganged up on a man and "knocked him to the floor like a sack of potatoes" in a pub brawl.

Thomas Scaife, 22, and Callum Grainger, 19, were out drinking together at Pavilion Bar in Bridlington on November 16, 2019 when their victim approached them aggressively, pointed and said "what are you looking at?"

Instead of walking away, Scaife hit the man and then as the man came back towards him, Grainger overreacted and swung a punch that rendered their victim unconscious and knocked him to the floor.

The man had to be rushed to hospital and was left with a broken nose and forehead.

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Hull Crown Court
Hull Crown Court

Scaife, of Blenheim Road, Bridlington and Grainger, of Main Street, Buckton appeared at Hull Crown Court for sentencing, where Judge Mark Bury told the pair that they were lucky to have escaped jail.

The pair both had clean records, work and were apologetic for their actions and had been in no trouble since the attack.

"The complainant walked over to you - it's quite clear that that wasn't a friendly gesture and he seemed to be pointed at you and saying something like 'what are you lot looking at?'," said Judge Bury.

"He walked towards you Thomas Scaife and you overreact by punching him in the face - you didn't need to do that, but you did.

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"You didn't cause him at that stage a great deal of injury and he came back towards you and that wasn't in any way friendly either, and you Callum Grainger, also overreact by punching him to the side of the head.

"He didn't know it was coming and went down like a sack of potatoes head first into the road."

Judge Bury said that the defendants could have easily killed their victim through the punch.

"You are both very lucky that in the end, his [the victim's] injuries consisted just of facial fractures and he could have suffered a brain injury causing him permanent disability, or worse he could have died.

"The court is familiar with cases that happen with alarming regularity of young men like yourself being of good character and having a drink at night, perhaps one or two too many and overreact either in pure aggression, or overreacting and misjudging the situation as you both did.

"Where there is one punch even, the man falls to the floor, bangs his head and that's that.

"Street violence is too common and there are some people that refuse to go to pubs on a Friday night now because of getting involved in things like this."

Both men were told to pay £500 each in compensation, were given 150 hours of unpaid work each and a sentence of 12 months suspended for two years.