Passer-by stole unconscious man's wallet

PUBLISHED: 09:37 11 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:37 30 June 2010

A man, who had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs, knocked another man unconscious - and then a passer-by stole the victims' wallet as he lay injured on the pavement, a court heard.

A man, who had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs, knocked another man unconscious - and then a passer-by stole the victims' wallet as he lay injured on the pavement, a court heard.

Tony Smith, 26, punched Lee Howell outside Rudey's nightclub in Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth after he had spent the night drinking and had also taken cocaine and ecstasy, Norwich Crown Court heard.

He walked away leaving the victim lying unconscious on the pavement and then another man, who happened to be passing, stole Mr Howell's wallet, instead of helping the victim.

Chris Youell, prosecuting, said that when Mr Howell woke up he found he had a bruised shoulder, a black eye and cut over his eyebrow and his wallet was missing.

He said Mr Howell was taken to hospital for treatment and was released after being kept under observation.

Police arrested Smith for the assault after looking at CCTV images and he was also picked out on an identity parade by the victim.

Mr Youell said that in interview Smith said he had been drinking and had taken cocaine and ecstasy and could not remember what had happened.

Smith of South Quay, Great Yarmouth, admitted assaulting Mr Howell causing him actual bodily harm.

He was given a three month jail sentence suspended for 15 months, and ordered to pay £200 compensation to Mr Howell for his injuries.

Smith was also given a 12 month supervision order and six month curfew and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work.

Recorder Alastair Wilson told Smith it was a “serious assault” and said: “You gave him two hefty punches as a result of which he ended up with a black eye, a bruised shoulder and was knocked unconscious for some time.”

Andrew Thompson, for Smith, said that he could not remember the incident but was “sickened” when he saw what he had done when shown the CCTV.

“He not only regretted it. He was very remorseful about it.”

He said as well as taking drugs his drinks had been spiked with ecstasy by his friends.

“Clearly that may have been an element that made his behaviour rather more erratic.”

He said at the time of the offence he had been homeless but now, after a seven year wait, had been given his own accommodation and was also working as an apprentice locksmith.

He said that although unpleasant no serious injury was caused.

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