A cowardly thug attacked a ‘Good Samaritan’ nurse who tried to help him when he saw him staggering around the street bleeding.

Jordan Wood cut his hand smashing the window of a pub which he had been thrown out of and had blood on his hands and clothes, when a passer-by asked if he was all right.

The man was a nurse who was on his way home from a shift when he came across Wood in the street outside The Olive Branch.

Charity fundraiser Wood refused the man's offer of help and then followed him, attacking him from behind, punching him in the face, and kicking him in the ribs as he lay unconscious.

The attack followed an earlier assault on a barman from the pub who Wood punched after being evicted for being drunk and violent. Wood also vented his rage by smashing a window and urinating in the doorway.

Wood, aged 25, of Churchill Close, Barnstaple, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, battery, and criminal damage and was jailed for eight months, suspended for a year by Judge David Evans at Exeter Crown Court.

He was also banned from all pubs for two months, ordered to do 140 hours of unpaid community work 20 days supervision and pay £500 compensation to the victim and £90 to the pub.

The judge told him: "[The victim] asked if you needed help but walked away when you issued verbal menaces.

"In a cowardly and needless display of violence, you thuggishly attacked him from behind."

Brian Fitzherbert, prosecuting, said Wood was seen by a taxi driver to aim the kicks at the victim 'as if he was kicking a football'.

He had been drinking at The Olive Branch before he lashed out and was ejected.

He hit the barman as he tried to get back in, then smashed a window, urinated in the doorway, and then attached the nurse, who suffered a cut eye, bruising to his head and face, and needed four days off work.

Richard Crabb, defending, said Wood is a binge drinker rather than an alcoholic, but wants to change his ways for the sake of his partner and young daughter.