A 20 year-old attacked an elderly man aged 64 after they bumped into each other while boarding a bus.
Samron Dhillion was sentenced to serve two years and three months at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
The court heard, Dhillion claimed that the 64-year-old man abused him racially but Judge Burbidge rejected it.
CPS Andrew Jackson told the court: “There was an accidental brush of the shoulders.”
“The defendant suggested the other man barged into him and stared at him. This was denied by the complainant.”
During the attack, Dhillion punched the the 64-year-old, David Baker multiple times causing him to fell to the ground. Baker was holding a bus pass in one hand and a bag in the other. He was then kneed to the face which made his glasses fall off.
The police launched an appeal to track down Dhillion but he later handed himself in to the police station.
Victim David Bakers suffered a fractured cheek and had to undergo surgery. The court heard Baker had to have a titanium plate fitted to his face.
Samron Dhillion was shown the CCTV footage of the attack, and he said: “I feel sick. I am a friendly person. I am not like that. I am not bad.”
Dhillion’s defence lawyer, Mr Simon Williams said: “He accepts full responsibility for his offending and regrets his actions. This was completely out of character.
“He is normally a kind, respectful, helpful young man who works hard and has no previous convictions. He misread the situation.
“He has a lot to offer the community but knows he has made a bad mistake.”
Dhillion of West Bromwich was jailed for two years and three months after he was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent after a trial. He had denied the intent.
“I accept it was out of character but this was an explosion of wholly unnecessary violence in a public place where people have the right to expect to be safe. You wanted to get on the bus first.”