Kyle Timperley drunkenly aimed punches and kicks at victim Benjamin Hampshire as he attempted to walk to work.
Timperley had been at a house party in March 2020 when he wandered the streets at 8am the next morning.
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Preston Crown Court heard that Mr Hampshire had met colleague Christopher McDermott at the train station before the pair began walking through the city centre to get to their place of work.
As they passed Diggle’s cafe, they spotted Timperley, of Heaton Road, Lancaster, and noticed him carrying a half pint glass which appeared strange as pubs were then closed under Covid-19 laws.
Prosecuting, Stephen Parker said: “The man was stumbling around and struggling to keep his balance.
“As they walked past, he shouted ‘oi’.
“It was apparent he was following them and he was walking after them as they continued to ignore him.”
Timperley continued to shout at the pair and as they passed another Diggle’s, Mr Hampshire felt someone grab his shoulder, turned around and said ‘don’t touch me’.
21-year-old Timperley, who was so drunk he has no memory of the incident, replied that he didn’t want to be ignored and then struck the victim with the glass, smashing it across the side of his head.
Mr Parker said: “Mr Hampshire was then punched several times but the defendant then ended up stumbling to the ground.
“The defendant said he would ‘rearrange his face’, aimed several punches at Mr Hampshire which caused little injury. Mr Hampshire said there was little force because oh how drunk the defendant was.”
He also repeatedly tried to kick Mr Hampshire in the leg, before both men pinned him down and told him to stop.
However, as they left he continued to follow them and at one stage called the victim a “hearing aid c***t”, seemingly because he was wearing AirPod headphones at the time.
Timperley eventually stopped following the pair when they were walking to the police station. He was later arrested and was found to be carrying a knuckle duster which was not used in the incident.
He gave no comment in interview but pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon on his first court appearance.
The court heard that Timperley has previous convictions including battery dating back to 2016, all of which occurred during his time spent in care. In a victim statement read into court, Mr Hampshire said he no longer felt safe returning to Lancaster and was forced to change jobs.
Defending, Niamh Ingham said Timperley made no attempt to minimise the seriousness of the offence and wanted to be able to apologise to the victim in person.
She said she had asked him if he wished to talk about the “difficult upbringing” referred to in a pre-sentencing report but was told that he “did not want to play the care card” or minimise his guilt. In relation to the knuckle duster, she said he was carrying it to keep himself safe after an unrelated previous incident.
Ms Ingham said Timperley is a second year student at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and accepted the conviction would end his hopes of one day becoming a teacher. She also said he was now in a supportive relationship, in stable accommodation and had taken steps to reduce his alcohol intake.
She added that he was able to complete unpaid work and abide by a curfew if given a suspended sentence.
But Recorder Andrew McLaughlin said that only immediate custody would be an appropriate punishment and jailed Timperley for 12 months.
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