A THUG who attacked a man ignoring his desperate pleas to stop has been spared jail.

Jack Stanbury submitted a man to a barrage of verbal and then physical abuse outside the night venue Baboush in Westcliff.

His victim was walking to a restaurant to meet his family when he was approached by Stanbury and three others, who appeared to be drunk.

The man stated that Stanbury and his friends had all looked intoxicated and were acting aggressively and did his best to avoid them.

However, Stanbury would not let the man pass and made vulgar remarks, rubbing his chest and nipples saying “do you want some?” to the man.

When his victim asked him to stop, Stanbury became enraged and stopped him walking away, and headbutted him and laid into him with his fists.

The man said he “kept throwing punches when I asked him to stop”.

The victim was eventually helped by a bouncer from Baboush with other drivers pulling over to stop him.

He had to go to A&E, where he was treated for bruising to his eye and swelling to his nose.

In a victim impact statement previously read out at court, his victim said: “This has caused me great fear of going outside and of groups roaming about the streets.

“I constantly fear crime being on the rise and that there is an attacker out to get me.”

Stanbury, 23, is originally from the Leigh area but has since moved to Wales.

He previously admitted assault causing actual bodily harm following the incident on August 18 last year.

It was heard that he was of previous good character and had made considerable efforts to better himself since the incident and was remorseful. Stanbury appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Friday before Judge John Lodge via video link for sentencing.

Judge Lodge chose to spare him prison and give him an eight month custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months. This means if he offends again within that time he will go to prison.