A ROSS-On-Wye man seriously injured another man with a single punch, a court has heard.

Lee Clement, 28, of Verschoyle Gardens, was sentenced to 12 months in jail, suspended for 18 months, for one count of grievous bodily harm with intent at Worcester Crown Court on November 7.

The 28-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to the charge at Hereford Magistrates Court on October 10.

Clement had been enjoying a night out in Ross when he was involved with an altercation with victim Ben Andrews after leaving Jacqueline’s nightclub on March 11.

Clement may have been aggrieved with Mr Andrews for his behaviour towards another woman, the court heard.

CCTV was shown in court of the pair involved in a tussle on the street watched on by onlookers.

Clement then delivered a single punch which caused Mr Andrews to hit his head off a wall and fall to the ground unconscious.

The prosecution explained how the assault had left Andrews with a bleed on the brain, a fractured eye socket and a fracture to the bone behind the jaw.

He was taken to Hereford County Hospital after the attack but was then transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he spent 11 days, before spending two weeks in a rehabilitation centre in Gloucester.

The court heard how Mr Andrews could not work until September and was unable to drive until last month and had been experiencing blurred vision.

Clement, who has no previous convictions, was described by the defence as a ‘hard working’ man of good character, who was ‘disgusted’ with his behaviour.

He was described as being ‘worried sick’ after the incident, and regularly checking with police about Mr Andrews’ welfare.

He was described being unable to eat or sleep and that he had shown ‘genuine remorse’ for the attack.

Clement’s defence argued that the 28-year-old deserved credit for not running away after the attack.

His defence barrister stated: “This is not somebody who callously walked away, leaving a man in grave difficulties.”

Clement also received 150 hours of unpaid work, an electronic curfew and is required to pay compensation of £1,500.