CCTV teenager admits unprovoked attack
PUBLISHED: 13:30 06 October 2011 | UPDATED: 14:32 06 October 2011
A WORLE teenager has been told he is 'lucky' to receive only an unpaid work order after punching a man outside a nightclub in the town centre.
Jason Cook, of The Weind, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful violence at North Somerset Courthouse on Monday.
The court was told that 19-year-old was captured on CCTV at Dragon Kiss walking towards his victim and striking him, before the man fell to the floor.
The victim, who did not issue a statement to the police, was knocked out according to prosecutor Kelly Marshall. Cook is then said to have celebrated.
He told magistrates the punch was a consequence of a disagreement inside that the CCTV had not picked up.
He said: “It wasn’t unprovoked. I didn’t do it for no reason.”
Trevor Morgan, chair of the bench, said he was ‘lucky in some ways it wasn’t common assault’ because the victim did not come forward.
He then sentenced Cook to a 12-month community order during which he must undergo 40 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs.