Sheffield first-aider punched victim and then went to his help
First-aider Mark Bray narrowly escaped jail because he tended to his victim after punching him to the ground.
University student Ben Gascoigne suffered a fractured skull in the one-punch assault in the early hours of Christmas Day. Bray, aged 28, had tried to act as a peacemaker when a scuffle erupted outside the Gypsy Queen pub on Drake House Lane, Beighton.
He is a qualified emergency first-aid responder and claimed he acted in self-defence before checking that Mr Gascoigne was breathing.
Bray, of Robin Lane, Beighton, admitted unlawful wounding. Prosecutor Louise Gallagher told Sheffield Crown Court police found Mr Gascoigne, 21, unconscious outside the pub at 12.45am.
He was taken to hospital with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain but could remember little about the incident.
His girlfriend said a group of men were fighting in the car park as they left and Bray became aggressive to one of her friends.
Mr Gascoigne tried to separate the two men but Bray struck out and her boyfriend fell to the ground and Bray then tried to help him. Bray told police: “It was self-defence. I did swing at him but then I checked he was ok.
He later said he was on his way home when he tried to stop an argument and punches were thrown at him.
Recorder Graeme Cook told Bray: “You went out with the intention of having a good time as did Mr Gascoigne. Your paths crossed in the early hours and I am sure you are thoroughly ashamed of what you have caused with your one punch.”
Bray was given a 16-month jail term suspended for two years, ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and he will have to pay the victim £2,000 compensation.