'Remorseful' Bath attacker sentenced after Crimewatch appeal

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Media captionCCTV footage showed Christopher Riley (r) knock student Scott Huxtable out with a single punch

A man travelled 190 miles to hand himself in to police after seeing CCTV of himself attacking a student on Crimewatch, a court has heard.

Christopher Riley, 23, knocked Scott Huxtable out with a single punch in an unprovoked attack in Bath on Valentine's Day.

CCTV footage captured the men, who had both been drinking, in an altercation.

Riley, from Oldham, was given a five-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months by Bath magistrates.

His identity was a mystery for three months after the incident in the SouthGate shopping centre.

CCTV of the attack was then broadcast on the BBC's Crimewatch programme on 2 May.

The court heard Riley immediately boarded a train from his home in Oldham, near Manchester, to Bath where he handed himself in to police.

'Considerable remorse'

Unemployed Riley, who previously worked as a carer for vulnerable people, was arrested and later charged with one count of assault.

He pleaded guilty at Bath Magistrates' Court on 24 May.

Kelly Marshall, prosecuting, said the force of the punch had pushed Bath University student Mr Huxtable, who had his hands in his pockets, backwards on to the pavement leaving him needing hospital treatment for a cut to his head.

Image caption Riley, 23, pictured leaving Bath Magistrates' Court, pleaded guilty to one count of assault

Miss Marshall told the court Mr Huxtable has lost his confidence when out in the city alone and had missed three weeks of university while recovering from the attack.

Gwen Browne, defending, disputed the fact that Riley was not provoked but said he was extremely remorseful for what had happened.

"This is a defendant who handed himself in within three hours of being shown on Crimewatch," she said.

"It is an extremely unfortunate incident, for which Mr Riley has considerable remorse."

Riley was also told to complete 200 hours of unpaid work within 12 months and pay Mr Huxtable £200 in compensation.

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