A SERVING soldier on leave from Afghanistan was attacked by a complete stranger in a Scarborough pizza takeaway, a court was told.
The soldier was left with a fractured jaw and bruising after being punched several times as he sat with a friend waiting for his food in Express Pizza in the early hours of Saturday October 22.
Before the court was local builder Robert Adam Salt, 30, after having previously admitted a charge of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.
Angharad Davies, prosecuting, said that as a result of the attack the soldier was advised not to go on the holiday in Thailand which he had booked as part of his leave from the front line.
The court heard that Salt, of Gildercliffe, had previous public order convictions, but nothing for violence.
Catherine Stuckley, mitigating, said that her client was “devastated” by his own actions, expressing his disgust after the following morning learning about what he had done from others and handing himself in at Scarborough police station.
Adding that Salt and his wife, who he married in August this year after a three year relationship, were at the time suffering from the stresses caused by rounds of fertility treatment.
Salt was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation and £425 prosecution costs.