Eight month sentence for knocking man unconscious

Sam Humphrey, 20, of Bridlington, punched a man unconscious outside Harbour Lights pub. He was sent to a Young Offenders' Institute for 18 months.
Sam Humphrey, 20, of Bridlington, punched a man unconscious outside Harbour Lights pub. He was sent to a Young Offenders' Institute for 18 months.

An ASBO man has been jailed for knocking a man unconscious in a street attack in Bridlington after a fight spilled out of Shades nightclub.

Sam Humphrey, 20, was stood watching a scuffle of eight men and two women outside Shades and decided to join in, punching Christopher Exelby so hard he collapsed unconscious.

Humphrey, who has a record of assault and abusive behaviour, was given an Anti Social Behaviour Order by Bridlington Magistrates in August 2012. But he breached that attacking Mr Exelby on April 28 this year after a night-out drinking.

Humphrey of Curlew Close, Bridlington, pleaded guilty to a charge of causing actual bodily harm and breaching his ASBO and appeared for sentence at Hull Crown Court on Monday.

Prosecuting Philip Evans said a witness saw Humphrey walk up to Mr Exelby and punch him in the head after a dispute in Shades went outside. Mr Exelby made his way towards the Harbour Lights pub and Humphrey followed him.

“He delivered a single blow to Mr Exelby causing him to fall to the floor unconscious,” said Mr Evans. “Philip Earl went to render first aid and saw blood coming out of his mouth.”

The court heard Humphrey had been in trouble since being a juvenile with convictions for assault and battery, threatening behavior, and being drunk and disorderly.

It was a conviction for abusive behaviour that led him to being given an ASBO.

Defence barrister John Thackray said: “His mother and grandfather are in court today. There are signs he is beginning to settle. He has stopped drinking and has put together a plan for a business with a friend.”

Sentencing Judge Mark Bury told Humphrey: “You had by your own admission been drinking that night. You could have walked away.

“Your victim was rendered unconscious. Luckily for him, and luckily for you, there was someone there to offer first aid.

“These are the sort of incidents that can cause death and you would be facing a murder or manslaughter charge now.

“These are the sort of offences the general public grows tired of reading about, or witnessing.

“A custodial sentence is inevitable for this loutish behaviour.”

He ordered Humphrey should be sent to a Young Offenders’ Institution for eight months.