By Daily Mail Reporter
A youth drank 44 pints of cider before beating up a promising young footballer, a court heard.
Jamie Scott claims to have consumed the astonishing amount in the 24 hours leading up to the senseless street attack on the schoolboy in Stockton-on-Tees last September.
The lout's barrister described the 19-year-old's drinking binge as 'extraordinary' while a judge said he was lucky to be alive.
Attack: The drunken youth set on the teenager after the heavy drinking session (picture posed by models)
Scott, a tyre fitter, and his friend Jack Bainbridge, 18, fled when the schoolboy they attacked retaliated and broke his hand hitting Scott, Teesside Crown Court heard.
Judge Peter Armstrong said: 'It is either very weak cider or he is lucky to be alive.'
Scott, from Stockton, was given a six-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, with an alcohol treatment requirement and probation supervision.
Judge Armstrong also ordered the tyre fitter to pay £250 compensation to his victim and carry out 100 hours of unpaid community work.
Five months earlier, Bainbridge, Steven Cooper, 20, and a 15-year-old, who was not named to protect his identity, were involved in another drunken attack.
A young man with learning difficulties was surrounded, 'smashed' to the ground and kicked until he became unconscious before his wallet and £170 was stolen.
When interviewed, the 15- year-old told police he had drunk 10 pints of strong cider and had shared the money with his friends.
Scott avoided jail at Teesside Crown Court after being handed a six-month suspended prison term
His barrister, Jonathan Walker, told Judge Peter Armstrong: 'I saw Your Honour raise his eyebrows when the amount of alcohol was revealed.
'These are colossal amounts for young men with immature physiques.' He said the teenager had stopped drinking and wanted to stay out of trouble.'
The youth was given a rehabilitation and supervision order and told to pay £170 compensation. Cooper was jailed for six months.