"it is said you took on board too much alcohol"
Arbaaz Khan, aged 21, of Sheffield, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after he violently attacked a man outside a nightclub with his belt.
Sheffield Crown Court heard that he became involved in a confrontation with others outside Tank nightclub, on Arundel Gate.
Khan then took off his belt and struck a man in an unprovoked attack, resulting in the victim lying unconscious in the street.
Richard Thyne, prosecuting, said the incident happened on April 22, 2019.
The victim had been speaking to one of Khan’s group before the defendant lunged in.
Khan was swinging his belt in what looked to be an unprovoked attack and when he did so a second time, the victim was left lying unconscious on the ground.
Khan pleaded guilty to affray.
He has previous convictions and is currently serving a jail sentence for possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
Damian Broadbent, defending, said the offence was caused by drinking too much alcohol following a night out.
Mr Broadbent went on to say that while Khan has been in prison, he has completed a course addressing his issues as well as a programme about victim empathy.
He added: “Being on remand and being sentenced for the drug offences is something that has been a sobering experience and he has essentially done a lot of growing up while he has been in custody.”
During the hearing on November 18, Judge David Dixon said:
“On this particular evening, it is said you took on board too much alcohol and found yourself in an argument.
“That argument it seems to me – caused by you – became violent.”
“You removed your belt and you set about using it almost indiscriminately to anybody in the way causing you problems.
“I say causing you problems – these problems were simply in your mind and you were doing what you simply wanted to do with that belt with the possibility of causing serious injury.”
Judge Dixon told Khan he has a “very bad record” for either carrying a weapon or using violence and he is currently serving a custodial sentence for a drug offence.
Khan was sentenced to 18 months of custody. This will be served on top of his current 40-month custodial sentence which was previously imposed for the drugs matter.