A MAN knocked a fellow drinker unconscious during a pub disturbance.
Scott Inions, aged 35, punched Michael Lambert to the floor during a fracas at The Barley Mow pub in Biddulph.
The victim was taken to hospital where a CT scan revealed he had two blood clots on his brain.
Now Inions has been handed a suspended prison sentence at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Prosecutor Rupert Jones said Inions had gone to the pub after work on June 6.
He drank four pints of beer and a single measure of spirits over four hours.
But Inions was assaulted by a man and when he tried to speak to his attacker he was threatened.
There was another struggle and another man tried to pull the defendant away.
In the heat of the moment Inions misjudged the situation and punched Mr Lambert once. He was knocked unconscious and was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
He also sustained bruising and swelling to his eye
Inions, of St John's Road, Biddulph, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Kevin Mortlock, mitigating, said it was a single blow. He added the defendant was remorseful.
Recorder Andrew Easteal sentenced Inions to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months, with a requirement to complete an anger management workbook.
He told the defendant: "
"I accept there were others who behaved badly but there was no justification for you behaving in the way you did."