A FORMER Blackpool soldier attacked a man outside a nightclub fracturing his cheekbone.
Preston Crown Court was told Richard Leyland-Hall punched his victim, then while he was on the floor continued the attack. The victim had to undergo an operation to repair the fracture.
Leyland-Hall, 27, of Vincent Avenue, Blackpool admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.
He was sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. Leyland-Hall, will also be supervised for two years and do 80 hours’ unpaid work for the community.
Paul Brookwell, prosecuting, told the court the attack took place outside the Flamingo night club on March 4 this year.
The victim was seen causing alarm to people in the club. Leyland-Hall took it upon himself to do something about the situation by punching the man and knocking him to the ground.
Peter Horgan, defending, said Leyland-Hall, who had been in the Army for two-and-a-half years and found work as a chef, had reacted to a situation.
He added Leyland-Hall had pleaded guilty and was remorseful.