A MAN who launched a "cowardly" attack which left a snooker club customer unconscious has been jailed for two years.
Security camera footage showed Jamie Daley flooring Mr Billy Harrison with a single punch and then stamping on his head as he lay helpless.
The assault happened in the bar of Rugeley's Pot Black Snooker Club where Daley had been drinking on 8 December last year, Stafford crown court heard.
Daley, aged 29, of Fernwood Drive, Rugeley admitted a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm, while claiming an element of self defence.
But in a trial of issue, Recorder Mr David Bright rejected that plea, branding the attack "a horrible act of unbridled violence".
He told Daley: "The film I looked at today showed me one of the worst assaults of its kind I have ever seen. I don't exaggerate, despite my many years doing this job, when I say I find it shocking. To kick a man to his head, who was at that time unconscious as a result of your cowardly and unexpected punch, was dreadful to look at. I have a duty to protect the public from men like you.
"To suggest there was an element of self defence verges on the insulting."
The judge heard that Daley had a record for violence - two offences of common assault, two of battery and one previous assault causing actual bodily harm.
Mr Daniel White, prosecuting, said: "There can be nothing said by Billy Harrison that would justify the actions taken by this defendant. Mr Harrison was alone, not even facing the defendant. Both stamps were issued to a man lying unconscious on the floor."
Witnesses described the victim as having trouble breathing, one said 'he seemed to be having some kind of fit'.
Giving evidence, Daley claimed that the victim had challenged him to a fight and he was frightened of his friends standing by the door. "That was why I lashed out," he said.
Mr Neil Gerrity, defending, said: "The way he acted was influenced by the fact he was in drink. He accepts he saw red and struck the first blow.
"Perhaps through luck rather than judgement, the injuries weren't as serious as they might have been. He is ashamed of what he did, hence he's never been able to view the cctv footage."
Daley, an asbestos removal worker with as partner and young child, had resolved to cut down on his drinking.