AN Eastern European man was knocked to the ground and punched and kicked by six or seven men after he left a Spalding kebab shop in the early hours of the morning.
Jozef Medzansky had cuts and bruises, three or four bumps on his head and a sore jaw following the attack on March 11.
Assailants fled as a police officer ran to Mr Medzansky’s aid, but one – Franky McCarthy – was arrested at the scene.
McCarthy (18), of Cowbit Road, Spalding, received a 16-week custodial sentence, suspended for a year, when he pleaded guilty to assault.
He was also given a 12-month supervision order with a four-month 7pm-6am curfew and 100 hours unpaid work.
McCarthy was ordered to pay £100 compensation to Mr Medansky and £85 costs.
Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Mr Medansky had been for a night out at Loaded in Westlode Street and split up from his party to go to a kebab shop.
There were a number of English males inside the shop who were abusive to him.
He got his food but decided to go home by a different route because he didn’t want the men to know where he lived.
Miss Stace said the next thing he knew, he was hit and knocked over.
Six or seven men kicked and punched him while he was on the ground.
Miss Stace said at 3.10am a special constable alerted police outside the nightclub that there was a fight and the men continued kicking and punching Mr Medzanksy until an officer was about 20 metres away.
Magistrates were given photographs of Mr Medansky’s injuries at Thursday’s hearing.
Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said McCarthy was punched by Mr Medzansky and put to the floor.
Mr Alexander said: “He was put to the floor, his friends came over and started the assault. He got up off the floor and, on his own account, he didn’t have time to do an awful lot.
“The police officer’s account is, as he was running over that last 20 metres or so, that Mr McCarthy was one of those people involved.
“McCarthy can’t recall whether he was involved or not at that stage, but accepts what the officer says. If the officer says he was involved, he must have been involved.”