Man admits assault after bust-up at Massage Club, in Leicester
A massage parlour customer suffered a broken jaw after being beaten up and kicked down a flight of stairs by other visitors, a court heard.
The man spent four days in hospital and ended up losing his job and home.
One of the assailants, Reece Amoo-Smithen (26), admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm, on September 11 last year, during a hearing at Leicester Crown Court.
He was given a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, with supervision. He was also ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work.
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Victoria Rose, prosecuting, said the incident happened at 5am at the Massage Club, in Humberstone Gate, in the city centre.
The defendant and victim were among a group of men in the waiting area.
Miss Rose said: "The defendant was bouncing around and behaving in an aggressive manner towards others."
The victim, who was sitting on a chair, said something.
Another male went over and punched him. Amoo-Smithen then delivered "three nasty" punches.
CCTV footage of the incident was played in court.
Miss Rose said: "The manager tried to intervene. The complainant tried to get away and got to the top of the stairs.
"The defendant kicked him in the back, causing him to fall and land on his face at the bottom of the stairs."
The victim suffered a fractured jaw, a cut lip and a bruised left eye, along with a swollen wrist and ankle and could only eat soup for some time afterwards.
Miss Rose said: "He lost his home, as he could no longer afford the rent and had to move in with a friend."
She said he suffered from nightmares afterwards, but had now started "putting his life back together".
Amoo-Smithen's accomplice, who threw the first punch, was prosecuted separately for a lesser offence of assault by beating and given a community order by city magistrates.
Recorder Richard Jones QC said the CCTV footage was "shocking".
He told Amoo-Smithen, of Bartholomew Street, Leicester: "Words were said, but that no way justified what transpired.
"You were drunk and lost your temper. You were involved in an intentional joint enterprise, with another, when punches were thrown and were personally involved when he went down the stairs.
"He suffered great pain and it took over his life.
"According to the pre-sentence report, you're impulsive, reckless and have very little victim empathy."
Steven Newcombe, mitigating, said the accomplice was dealt with "in a lenient way" by the magistrates' court.
He said: "It's unusual for two assailants involved in the same incident to be dealt with by two different courts.
"My client was in high spirits and had, no doubt, enjoyed a drink.
"He didn't intend the complainant to suffer such serious injury."