JAIL could be looming for a Chesterfield man following a street attack that left his victim with a double fracture to the jaw.
Magistrates in Chesterfield watched CCTV footage of the unprovoked, late-night assault outside a town centre kebab shop.
Victim Brett Green told police he was suddenly struck in the face for no apparent reason by a stranger.
Film evidence showed him being floored by Christopher Hancock, who then punched him eight times as he lay on the ground.
Mr Green, who accepted he was drunk that night, went to hospital and had metal plates temporarily inserted in his lower jaw, which was broken in two places.
Hancock (22) was arrested and said Mr Green had been abusive towards his brother.
“He said he tried to calm the situation down and then, in defence of his brother, he lashed out,” said Becky Mahon, prosecuting.
“He accepted there was no justification for this,”
In a second interview, he apologised for his actions, saying he had never been in trouble before and would not wish what he had done on his worst enemy.
Hancock, of Hunloke Avenue, Boythorpe, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on March 31.
The bench decided their sentencing powers were insufficient in this case.
They committed him to be dealt with by a judge at Derby Crown Court on September 7 and ordered probation service reports.