Two men, one of whom is a student, have been spared a prison sentence after a street attack which left a man unconscious.
Elliot Keen and Carl Giddings, both of Wood Road, Kings Cliffe, assaulted the victim in the early hours of April 4 in Bourne, Lincolnshire.
Lincoln Crown Court heard that a group of men including Keen and Giddings became involved in “banter” outside The Jubilee pub with a rival group, which included the victim, before the two groups clashed again later in the evening with pushing and shoving on the pavement.
Stephen Kemp, prosecuting, said: “The victim was then see to leave and walk away.
“From the group Keen approached him.
“There was further pushing then Giddings punched him to the side of his head.
“It was a single punch which caused him to be knocked off balance and to be knocked on to the street.
“Almost straight away Keen moved towards the victim, who was still prone on the ground and appeared still to be conscious.
“Then there was a single kick delivered to the back of his head.
“After that kick he was motionless on the floor and is described as being unconscious for about three minutes.”
Keen – who is about to start his third year of studies at university – and Giddings walked off along Abbey Road and were seen to re-enact the attack on a number of occasions as they headed to a nearby house.
The victim was taken to Peterborough City Hospital where he was treated for a cut to the back of his head.
Keen, 21, and Giddings, 20, each admitted a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
They were each given six months in a young offenders’ institution, suspended for 12 months with 150 hours of unpaid work.
They were each also ordered to pay a £180 criminal courts charge, an £80 victim surcharge and £140 compensation to their victim.
Recorder Graham Huston told them: “What saves you is that the injury was not severe.
“Both of you have come very close to throwing away a very promising and bright future.”
Jasmine Khumar, for Keen, told the court: “He is a young man who was 20 at the time.
“He is on target to obtain a first class honours degree next year if he is spared his liberty.
“This was extremely out of character for him.
“He was hoping to become a teacher but he now feels that is not appropriate.”
Judith Brennan, for Giddings, said her client punched the victim once as a warning.
She urged that he should receive a suspended sentence.