A PINXTON man pulled a rider off his bicycle and battered him in an alleged revenge attack, a court was told.
A jail sentence hangs over David Richardson following the March 25 assault in South Normanton.
Victim Christopher Stain was cycling along Alfreton Road after 6pm when Richardson, 24, stood in his path.
He grabbed the handle-bars and pulled the bike from under Mr Stain and made a comment about an incident at the White Lion pub.
Mr Stain replied that he did not know what Richardson was talking about and he was then punched several times and knocked backwards into the doorway of a dental surgery.
Fernando Rodrigues, prosecuting, told the court Mr Stain bent down and covered his face with his hands and was punched at least four times in the ribs before being kneed in the face three times.
A police officer ran across and Richardson walked away. He later made no comment during a police interview.
Mr Stain, who had known his assailant for 14 years, suffered bruising to his face.
Richardson, of Brookhill Avenue, admitted assault.
He had previously been convicted of a wounding offence as a 17-year-old, the court heard.
Chesterfield magistrates imposed an eight-week jail term, but suspended it for a year.
Richardson was also ordered to carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work and made the subject of a one-year probation supervision order.
He must also pay £200 compensation to his victim, with £85 court costs.
His solicitor, Phil Bloore, claimed Ricahrdson was attacked by a gang, including Mr Stain, in a South Normanton pub a year ago.
“He was off work for two days following that assault. By pure chance he saw the complainant for the first time since that incident, and the offence took place.
“There was no pre-meditation for the assault,” said Mr Bloore.