A MAN who was in a fight with a colleague punched his boss as he tried to break up the scuffle, a court heard.

Macauley Jordan Renshaw, from Windermere, was in the middle of a row outside the Crafty Baa in Bowness on July 31.

The owner of the bar, Vincent Gregg, turned up to separate the pair but ended up getting assaulted by Renshaw.

At South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday prosecutor Pamela Fee said: “Mr Gregg chased after the two men and Renshaw made several threats.

“Mr Gregg and the other man ended up on the floor and Renshaw joined in and threw several punches connecting with Mr Gregg’s head.”

The court heard Mr Gregg had struggled to cope with the impact of the incident.

In a victim impact statement he said: “I would go as far as to say I have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"I stayed indoors for 10 days afterwards.

“It was an unprovoked attack which has caused me many issues since.”

Renshaw, 22, pleaded guilty to assault.

Defence solicitor Maureen Fawcett said Renshaw was remorseful and crying after the incident. He is due to start a new job at a hotel this weekend.

District Judge Gerald Chalk said: “This was part of a group attack, it was a sustained assault and close to licensed premises.”

Renshaw was told to complete 180 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £150 compensation to Mr Gregg, £85 court costs and a £90 victim surcharge.