A CAGE fighter butted a man outside a nightclub when he played his part in an unprovoked attack which left the victim needing hospital treatment.

Lukasz Pieniazek, aged 24, of Desjardins Way, Pershore, who described himself as a cage fighter and a door supervisor who works in Worcester, admitted assault by beating when he appeared before city magistrates.

Police were called to reports of an assault in Marilyns nightclub, Evesham at about 3am on April 27. Kerry Lovegrove, prosecuting, said the victim, Carl Wicks, was seen to walk over to a group of people to try to calm them down but ended up being attacked. The defendant could be seen on CCTV to throw a headbutt, described as an unprovoked attack. The defendant was then moved away by another person but then another male, as yet to be identified, attacked the victim. The victim was described as being struck numerous times around the head and face, suffering a black eye, swelling to the right side of his face and a cut lip. Miss Lovegrove said: “There was clearly another person involved in what later became a group attack. The police haven’t been able to identify who else was responsible for this incident. The victim states the attack was completely unprovoked. He’s not sure what led the defendant to assault him.”

In police interview Pieniazek ranked himself 10 out of 10 on the drunkenness scale and said he did not remember what had happened. He was shown the CCTV and saw the headbutt and the following assault and confirmed it was him. He did not have any previous convictions.

Amer Hussain, defending, said there was a second individual involved in the attack and his culpability was far greater. He said this second man had punched the victim in the ribs and kicked him in the head repeatedly while he was on the floor. “That might account for some of the injuries. The matter initially started when there was some trouble in the nightclub. Someone threw a punch at this group of individuals. It was in response to this the defendant headbutted the person he thought had thrown the punch. “The other individual seems to have punched the victim many times and stamped on him and kicked him.”

Pieniazek was given a 12- month community order and ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work. He was told to pay costs of £85 and compensation to the victim of £50 and a victim surcharge of £60.