A MAN has been left with lasting injuries after being knocked unconscious following a disagreement in a March pub.
The 61-year-old was left fighting for his life after being punched by Patrick Beart (43), in the Coachmakers Arms pub, in Station Road, on March 17.
He hit his head on a foot rail next to the bar as he fell backwards from the blow while Beart, of Truman Avenue, March, fled.
He stopped breathing and two people had to give him CPR until paramedics arrived. He also suffered serious breaks to his tibia and fibula in the fall.
Beart was later arrested at his home and charged with causing grievous bodily harm without intent.
He pleaded guilty and was jailed for two years at Peterborough Crown Court on Thursday (October 20). He must also serve an additional two months for breaching a suspended sentence.
Detective Sergeant Paul Stimpson said: “This was a nasty unprovoked attack on an innocent member of the public, simply because Beart did not like a comment he made.
“The victim has been left with lasting injuries to his leg, he needs a stick to walk and has not worked since the incident.
“This case shows how just one punch can devastate lives, both for the victim and the offender.”