A MAN was left with facial injuries after an attack on a Bournemouth nightclub dancefloor.

Kion Santino Marchese hit his victim repeatedly, knocking him to the floor at DNA in Old Christchurch Road.

The man in his 20s was rushed to hospital with ‘significant lacerations to his face’.

Police launched an investigation and tracked Marchese down a week after the assault in the early hours of on Sunday, February 13, 2022.

At a hearing at Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday, November 9, 2023, Marchese, of Millstream Close in Poole, was sentenced to 14 months in prison.

He pleaded guilty to wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.

At a hearing at Bournemouth Crown Court in April, Marchese was given a suspended prison sentence by Judge Robert Pawson, which was deferred for six months.

He was told that he must save at least £2,500 for compensation, remain in work and avoid any further reoffending.

If he met these criteria, a suspended sentence would be imposed by the judge.

The court heard that the injuries inflicted were bruises and cuts above and below the victim’s left eye, which required stitches.

CCTV footage played showed the two men interacting before Marchese dishes out multiple punches.

Marchese said he wanted to apologise for his actions, and said the attacked was not unprovoked, saying that the victim was making verbal threats towards him.

Detective Constable Nick Whittaker, of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole CID, said: “Marchese forcefully hit the victim and it is only through sheer luck that he did not sustain more serious injuries.

“Following our investigative enquiries, we were able to identify Marchese and hold him to account for his actions.

“Violence will not be tolerated in Dorset and we will do all we can to identify those responsible and bring them before the court.”