A MAN launched a violent attack against two brothers in Southampton city centre knocking one of them unconscious.

Jack Burgess attacked two brothers who had been enjoying a night out drinking in the city.

The 28-year-old punched one of the men with a right hook sending him to the floor in Above Bar Street, a court heard.

He then punched the other man in the mouth causing him to fall backwards on September 29, 2019.

Prosecution barrister, Aleks Lloyd told that the impact left the man with a large crack in one of his front teeth which required multiple medical appointments.

In a personal impact statement read out by Mr Lloyd said how one of the victims suffers nightmares and is anxious since the attack.

Adding to this he said the victim had lost interest in socialising with friends and is “scared some drunk thug will become aggressive” during nights out.

Appearing before Southampton Crown Court on Friday, Burgess, of Rowan Close in Whiteley was charged with two counts of assault occasioning Actual Bodily Harm.

He pleaded guilty on the basis he thought the brothers had made a comment directed towards his partner.

However, they had not said anything and this was “misconstrued”.

Mr Lloyd said that Burgess has a history of offending, “generally for disorderly behaviour”.

His other convictions include criminal damage, battery and for causing racially aggravated fear of violence.

Defending, Keely Harvey said her client had heard a comment which led him to lose his temper.

She said it was quite clear he had shown regret for his actions and remorse for the situation.

Judge Peter Henry jailed him for ten months, suspended for two years.

Burgess will have to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and attend 10 days of rehabilitation activities.

He must also pay £2750 in compensation.