A reveller has been jailed after he stamped on a stranger’s face – because he thought he was GAY.
Connor Pollard, 20, “punched his victim and jumped on his head” as he lay unconscious on a pavement outside of a pub.
The unnamed victim spent 36 hours in hospital and needed 12 stitches following the vicious attack, which was caught on CCTV.
Pollard, of Torquay, Devon, was handed 12 months behind bars after he pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm during the assault in September.
Jailing him at Exeter Crown Court Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, told him that homophobic violence would “not be tolerated on the streets”.
Judge Gilbert said: “To stamp on someone’s head is a vile and vicious thing to do. It can cause really serious harm or even death.
“A witness describes you jumping on his head with a lot of force when he was already covered in blood.”
The court heard how the victim, who was not gay, had been previously targeted for abuse by two woman Pollard was drinking with.
When the innocent man told the pair he was in fact married with children he was attacked.
Mr David Charles, defending, said the assault was not motivated by homophobia and the taunts had been made by the two women and not by Pollard.
He said Pollard had no record of violence and the incident was “out of character”.