Grandad Ian Walker attacked his brother leaving him with a broken ankle after tensions flared in a Stoke-on-Trent pub.
The 55-year-old punched his brother three times and pulled him to the floor inside the The Trent Tavern pub in Bucknall.
The row erupted when Walker took exception to comments his brother made about his wife and remonstrated with him at the bar.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the victim’s leg became trapped and he sustained a serious fracture to his ankle.
Now Walker – who has no previous convictions – has been handed a two-year community order with 120 hours unpaid work.
Prosecutor James Dunstan said a rift had developed between the defendant and his brother due to a dispute about money.
On Saturday, June 8 last year the complainant went to The Trent Tavern when the defendant was there with his son.
Mr Dunstan said: “A witness said although the complainant wasn’t talking to his brother, he seemed to be saying things to get a reaction from him.
“The defendant went face to face with the complainant and began gesticulating and pointing his finger. At one point he clenched his fist. The complainant did not react to that but eventually did and struck the defendant to the back and side of his neck at least twice.
“The defendant’s son intervened and the defendant delivered three punches to the side of his head and face and pulled him down from behind.
“The complainant attempted to stand up and collapsed back down to the floor. His foot became stuck on a metal bar. He took off his left boot and saw his foot was flapping around.
“He was taken to A&E. The defendant asked if he could go with him to hospital but was not welcomed.”
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The fracture was put back into place and the victim spent three days in hospital.
The defendant told police he got on well with his brother before the fall out and added he was goaded at the bar.
Walker, of Malthouse Road, Bucknall, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm. His plea was on the basis the complainant was the initial aggressor and he struck the defendant first. He was quickly restrained by his son. The defendant punched him and pulled him to the floor.
Jason Holt, mitigating, said the defendant was goaded and things were said about his wife which were untrue and upsetting.
He said Walker lost his job working with people with mental health issues as a result of the incident.
He added the victim has visited the defendant’s house and demanded compensation but Walker called the police and there has been no contact between them since.
Judge Paul Glenn said: “There had been some ill feeling between you and your brother, which is a shame as you had previously been close. Matters came to a head on the afternoon on June 8 last year.
“There is evidence from witnesses and CCTV that your brother was provocative towards you in the pub and unfortunately you eventually rose to the bait.
“He was the first to use violence. He struck you first. He was restrained immediately by your son. You retaliated. You punched him and pulled him to the floor. You acknowledge it was not self-defence. On doing so his leg became trapped and he sustained a serious injury.
“You are plainly a good family man. The risk of re-offending is low. A community order would provide sufficient punishment because your personal mitigation is strong.”
Walker was ordered to pay £500 costs.