A MAN who stepped into a fight to try and break it up could be scarred for life after he was hit with a metal pole.

Adam Tansley attempted to stop a group of strangers from brawling in the smoking area of Bournemouth nightclub Cameo on July 15 last year.

However, as he tried to push the men apart, he was hit to the right side of his head. Bouncers later told him he'd been hit by a pole.

Mohammed Al Manzi, of The Parade in Waterloo, Poole, initially denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He has now admitted the charge.

The defendant, 27, appeared at Poole Magistrates' Court via prison video link on Friday to plead guilty. The case has been sent to Bournemouth Crown Court for sentence.

Nicola Reece, prosecuting, said: "Mr Tansley had gone out for the evening in Bournemouth.

"At the time of the incident, he was in the Cameo bar in Fir Vale Road. At around 2am, he and his friends were returning from the smoking area when they happened across a disturbance between a group of males.

"Punches were being thrown. They stopped and tried to split up the fight."

Mr Tansley then felt a blow to his head.

"He describes his head being wet with blood," Ms Reece said.

"He became dizzy and fell to his knees. Bouncers took him to the medical room and he was told by a doorman that he had been hit with a metal pole."

The incident was captured on the club's CCTV cameras.

Mr Tansley required three stitches to the wound in his head. The injury will "likely scar", it was heard.

Al Manzi, who is currently serving a prison sentence for an unrelated incident, will appear at the crown court on August 17.