A Peterborough father who carried out a brutal city centre assault sobbed uncontrollably in the dock as he was shown footage of the attack.
Fabio Pereira (22) of Whitacre, Parnwell, attacked his victim outside a kebab shop in the city in the early hours of Sunday, October 5 last year.
The victim suffered a broken nose, a swollen face, and cuts and bruises in the attackCraig McDougall
He appeared at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday where he was given a suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm at a previous hearing.
At Friday’s hearing Craig McDougall, prosecuting, said the assault took place outside the takeaway off Northminster.
He showed CCTV of the attack, which saw the victim walking out of the shop, only to be punched in the face by Pereira,
The victim was knocked to the ground by the force of the punch, and dad-of-one Pereira then punched and kicked the prone man while he was lying on the ground.
Pereira then ran from the attack - before returning moments later to continue the assault.
Police arrived a few seconds later, having been alerted by CCTV operators.
Mr McDougall said: “The victim suffered a broken nose, a swollen face, and cuts and bruises in the attack.
“The victim described the incident as an unprovoked attack, and he is more cautious about going into town now.”
Lindsay Cox, defending, said: “It was not a log incident. The injury in the context of actual bodily harm cases is not the most serious. “He is at a loss to explain what he did that night.
“He is 22-years-old, a father and a worker.
“He is at low risk of re-offending, and has no previous convictions.
“He is genuinely remorseful.”
Sentencing, Judge Sean Enright said: “This was a sustained assault with fists and feet.
“I was prepared to send you to prison today.
“But I am persuaded your remorse is genuine, and you are of low risk of re-offending.”
Pereira was given a 38 week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay £750 compensation and a £100 victim surcharge. He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.