A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to community service after punching a man twice in the Outback bar.

Wesley John Patrick Gibson was ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work by High Bailiff Jayne Hughes.

Prosecuting advocate Rebecca Cubbon told the court that Gibson was at the Barrack Street nightclub in Douglas on January 5 at 3.15am.

He was said to have been involved in an altercation with another man and CCTV footage showed Gibson push the man then punch him in the eye.

Other patrons tried to intervene but Gibson then lunged forward, reaching over and hit the man again in the face.

He was ejected by door staff and later interviewed by police on a voluntary basis.

He denied any knowledge of the incident and refused to acknowledge that he was involved.

However, in court he pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour on licensed premises.

Defence advocate Matthew Wilshaw said that his client had already been banned from Douglas pubs under the areas Pub Watch Scheme for 12 months until March 2021.

Mr Wilshaw handed in a letter of reference for Gibson.

A probation report said that Gibson, who lives in Christian Road, Douglas, said he had been provoked in the Outback before the incident but did not want to go into details.

He said that he had apologised to door staff afterwards.

The court heard that he is currently working for a chemist.

Mr Wilshaw asked for credit to be given for Gibson’s guilty plea.

’There was some provocation,’ said the advocate. ’He had vile comments made to him but doesn’t want to set those out.’

Mr Wilshaw went on to say that Gibson had been very forcefully removed from the Outback and to his credit had not reacted.

The advocate said that his client was already serving a punishment with the year long pub ban.

High Bailiff Mrs Hughes told Gibson: ’You should be grateful you are not charged with a more serious offence.’

He must also pay £50 prosecution costs by the end of September.