A victim who recognized and approached the man who punched him unconscious four years earlier ended up being attacked again and left with broken cheekbones.
The victim went up to his original attacker, Reece Wilkin, and told him:
“Do you know who I am? I’m the lad you punched next door in Gypsy Tears.”
After he asked Wilkin why he did it, Wilkin punched him for a second time, breaking his cheekbones.
On December 23, 2017, Reece Wilkin, 34, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Andrew Bailey, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Wilkin punched the other man in the face on December 14, 2013, causing him to lose consciousness and suffer injury.
He was fined by Grimsby magistrates on June 27, 2014 for assault.
It was later discovered that the victim had suffered broken cheekbones. He needed an operation to insert three plates.
Wilkin had other convictions for being drunk and disorderly in 2002 and affray in 2006.
Saleem Khan, mitigating, told the court the victim took it upon himself to approach Wilkin and speak to him.
Father-of-two Wilkin was out for the evening with his wife and, after being approached, felt under a large degree of provocation.
“The trouble came to him,” said Mr Khan.
“He didn’t go looking for it. He felt intimidated. He was under some fear and apprehension at the time. But for the victim’s actions, this would never have happened.”
Wilkin was given a 15-month suspended prison sentence, 160 hours’ unpaid work and was ordered to pay £1,000 ($1310 USD) compensation.
He was given a four-year restraining order.