Attacker boasted about assaulting man in nightclub

Danny Lane was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court
Danny Lane was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court

Attacker followed his victim for a mile before assault in city alleyway

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DRUNKEN Danny Lane boasted to people outside a nightclub that he had attacked another man.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard the 23-year-old attacked the victim who was dancing with two women.

Prosecutor Martyn Booth said the victim’s ear was injured in the incident as he fell down to the floor in The Colonial Bar in Horndean.

Mr Booth said: ‘He does remember a male with a red top, who is this defendant, staring at him in a fairly unusual fashion.

‘He remembers the defendant had tried to dance with the girls himself.’

Mr Booth added: ‘He does remember coming to with a quite unpleasant injury to his ear. That required medical assistance.’

Witnesses saw Lane, of Linda Grove, Waterlooville, punch the victim a number of times, Mr Booth added.

The victim was treated at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham after the incident on October 17, last year.

But when Lane was outside the bar he bragged about the attack.

Mr Booth added: ‘He was seen to be almost bragging about what he did in the club.’

Lane has four previous court appearances for five offences.

Robert Forrest, defending, said: ‘This was unlawful violence in drink in a nightclub at night time.

‘A deeply unpleasant injury was caused.’

Mr Forrest added: ‘He’s young enough to change his ways.’

He said there was no direct injury from the attack.

Mr Forrest said Lane is remorseful over the incident and he is now on Pub Watch.

Sentencing Lane to 15 months in prison, Recorder Michael Selfe, said: ‘You may expect to serve half of that in custody then be released on licence.’

No order for costs were made.

Lane earlier pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.