A MAN was knocked unconscious and kicked as he lay motionless on the ground in Burton town centre, a court heard.
Jack Howard and Bradley Pantall were given suspended prison sentences over the drink-fuelled attack.
The pair claimed that they had been approached by a group of men and had not instigated the violence.
But Burton Magistrates’ Court was told that there was no excuse for their reaction which went ‘over the top’.
Magistrates heard that the two men were walking in New Street at around 4am on April 27 after a night out.
They were approached by the group who shouted insults at them before a scuffle ensued.
Jack Howard, 20, of Clewley Road, Branston, delivered the knock-out blow, before Pantall, of Wyggeston Street, Horninglow, who was sentenced on his 21st birthday, weighed in with a kick.
Despite the seriousness of the attack, the pair only faced charges of threatening behaviour as the victim was never traced.
The court was shown CCTV footage of the fracas, with Howard and Pantall both admitting their part in the attack on the man.
Nick Wenden, defending Howard, said: “He stands here before the court utterly ashamed of his actions. What we saw on the CCTV was out of character. It is not someone he recognises and this is something he wishes to repeat.
“They had gone out and had a good time but were then hen pecked by this group. He then became involved himself and struck one male. That is something he is remorseful for.
“Ultimately, he handled the situation badly. Alcohol played a part and he knows now he shouldn’t go out and drink to excess.”
Sukhi Ark, representing Pantall, added: “Mr Pantall is extremely remorseful, he understand his actions were totally unacceptable. He is so embarrassed by the CCTV he won’t watch it.
“He did not start the violence but he reacted and that’s something he regrets.”
Howard and Pantall both received four-month prison sentences, suspended for two years, and must also carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.
They were also told the pay court costs of £165.