A father-of-four who knocked a man unconscious in the street with a single punch has escaped jail.
CCTV captured Jamie Boughton, from Winshill in Burton-upon-Trent, striking his victim in the face, leaving him motionless in the street, before walking away from the attack.
Derby Crown Court was told that the blow, which left the man needing 12 stitches to his head, came about over an accusation that he stole a pair of Boughton’s work boots.
Handing him a seven-month jail term, suspended for two years, Judge Peter Cooke said:
There are other ways to deal with drunker irritants than lamping them on the street and leaving them out cold. You are a 34-year-old man who acknowledges you have a problem with your temper. The probation service recommend you attend a specially designed course that aims to rescue violent behaviour in men and they say you are the sort of person likely to benefit from this.
As well as the suspended jail term, Judge Cooke ordered Boughton to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and to enrol of the probation service’s programme.
He also ordered him to pay £350 prosecution costs.