Drunk punched man as he lay on ground

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A DRUNKEN thug who punched a man twice in the head as he lay unconscious on the ground outside a Sheffield city centre nightclub, then stole his mobile phone, has narrowly escaped prison.

Joe Parkin, aged 22, was captured on CCTV punching Phillip Wilson as he lay slumped outside Nightclub in Matilda Street in the early hours.

In a video showed at Sheffield Crown Court, Parkin could be seen pushing Mr Wilson before another man felled him with a single punch.

Parkin was then seen punching Mr Wilson twice in the face, before picking up his £515 iPhone.

Neil Coxon, prosecuting, said Mr Wilson had been out drinking with friends in Sheffield city centre but became separated from them.

He said: “He left the nightclub and went out onto the streets. He describes himself as being drunk and has no recollection of what happened to him.

“His next recollection was waking up in hospital with a sore jaw.”

Mr Coxon said door staff were alerted and called the police and Parkin was arrested at the scene.

Mr Wilson was taken to the Northern General Hospital and later discharged with just a few grazes to his face.

His other attacker has never been traced.

Parkin, of Genn Lane, Worsborough, Barnsley, admitted one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and theft.

The court heard his actions were ‘out of character’.

He had had 14 drinks that night to ‘cheer himself up’ after the death of a close relative.

The judge was told Parkin pushed Mr Wilson because he thought he had pushed his girlfriend inside the club.

Judge Alan Goldsack QC sentenced him to a 40-week jail term, suspended for two years, put him on a curfew for three months and told him to perform 100 hours of unpaid work and pay his victim £500 compensation.

He said: “It is fortunate he does not appear to have suffered long term.”