A JUDGE has jailed a 24-year-old father after watching CCTV footage of a savage late-night attack outside a Bingley nightspot.

Victim Paul Cooke suffered multiple facial fractures, including injuries to his right eye socket, his cheekbone and his nose, when he was repeatedly punched and kicked during a disturbance outside the Library Tap in Main Street last December.

Judge Jonathan Rose yesterday branded the violence as "drunken savagery" as he jailed Yeadon man Oscar Morris-Mitchell for two years.

The defendant, who had no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cooke and Judge Rose was told that the defendant had expressed remorse for the "huge mistake" he made that night.

The judge read references in support of Morris-Mitchell which described him as a devoted father and a hard-working man, but he suggested that the defendant had abandoned his responsibilities that night when he was "fighting drunk".

A recording made inside the bar showed Morris-Mitchell butting Mr Cooke's cousin during an incident on the dance floor before the two groups were told to leave the premises.

Further CCTV footage, also shown in court, captured another confrontation outside which showed Mr Cooke, who had been in the toilets during the initial violence, falling to the ground before being attacked by Morris-Mitchell.

Prosecutor Philip Adams said the defendant punched his victim four times to the head and kicked him three times in the body.

Another man, who has never been traced, joined in the violence by kicking Mr Cooke as he lay on the ground.

Morris-Mitchell, of Haw Lane, Yeadon, was challenged by police after he was tracked down in another bar that night and after a short chase he was arrested.

Mr Adams said the complainant, who was self-employed, had to undergo surgery two days before Christmas to stabilise the facial fractures and in his victim impact statement Mr Cooke described how he had suffered on-going problems with headaches, blurred vision and numbness following the attack.

He said he was unable to work for a month and had lost some customers during that period.

Barrister Shufqat Khan, in mitigation for Morris-Mitchell, said his client had taken steps since the offence to stop drinking alcohol and he submitted that the defendant was unlikely to appear before the courts again.

Mr Khan urged the court to consider suspending any prison sentence, but Judge Rose said the attack had been persistent and "highly dangerous".

Judge Rose noted that such violence could cause even more serious injury or even death and he had to sentence the defendant on the basis that he had played a leading role in it.

"A prison sentence is necessary to punish you and deter others who think it is appropriate to engage in this level of violence against entirely innocent people," the judge told Morris-Mitchell.

"This is not a case of self defence going too far. This is a case of a young man, fuelled by alcohol, determined to fight and fight with whoever he could hit."

He said Morris-Mitchell had punched his victim repeatedly and when he had done that he had "stuck the boot in" as Mr Cooke was defenceless on the ground.