A SCARBOROUGH man handed out a violent beating to someone who spat in his face and threatened to stab him with a syringe, a court heard.
Jonathan Pick, 24, of Leading Post Street, was having a drink with his girlfriend in the Golden Last pub in Eastborough when the victim of the attack approached the couple and spoke to them for around a minute.
Kathryn Reeve, prosecuting, said: “CCTV footage shows that the attention was unwarranted. It was clear they did not want to engage.”
Pick later told the police the man then spat in his face.
Describing the attack, Miss Reeve said: “The defendant pushed the man to the floor before he punches him to the face.”
Pick then moved away from the man before returning and continuing the attack.
He alleged that the victim, who Pick believed was a drug user, said he would “prick” him, which he took to mean stab with a syringe.
Miss Reeve added: “He throws the man from the pub to the outside. When he is laid on the floor he punches him to the head around seven times.
“The defendant can be seen standing over the victim, who is still laid on the floor, and shouting at him. Then, he delivers one final punch to the head area.”
Pick pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He had no previous convictions.
The victim was taken to Scarborough Hospital where he was treated for soft tissue injuries to his face, neck, chest and back. A head scan showed no brain injuries or broken bones.
After he was arrested and shown CCTV footage of the attack, Pick maintained that he felt threatened but accepted that he had gone too far.
The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared. He will be sentenced on October 21.