Man jailed after vicious assault
A man has been jailed after a pensioner was viciously punched from behind and knocked to the ground in an unprovoked attack, a court heard.
John Lohan, 41, of Dale Street, Scunthorpe, admitted assaulting John Hardy, causing actual bodily harm, on August 3.
James Byatt, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Mr Hardy, 68, was in Scunthorpe town centre and had drunk four or five pints of beer.
He was outside the Schnapps bar in Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe, when Lohan punched him on the side of the face from behind with a clenched fist in an unprovoked attack.
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He fell and hit his head on the ground.
A witness was so concerned that she took a photograph of Lohan with her mobile phone.
Mr Hardy suffered an eight centimetre laceration to the top of his head. He needed eight stitches and also suffered bruising to his face.
Richard Butters, mitigating, said Lohan made early admissions, pleaded guilty, regretted his behaviour, and realised he should not have launched the assault.
Lohan was jailed for eight months.