A MATHS student has been ordered to pay compensation to a couple who he headbutted in a booze-fuelled New Year’s Eve attack.

The pair had been partying at V Bar in Colchester High Street when they went outside shortly after midnight so they could made a video call to the man’s family.

But while he was chatting, Joseph Seaman approached and pushed him in the head with his chest.

After seeing the incident, the victim’s girlfriend tried to intervene but Seaman, 18, headbutted her in the face causing bruising and swelling to the bridge of her nose.

Seaman, who is studying at Essex University, fled towards East Hill but was spotted on CCTV by officers who eventually arrested him.

In interview he said he had no recollection of the attack, but remembers running on the hill and accepted he had probably done something wrong.

He admitted two counts of assault when he appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Seaman had been drinking with friends before the incident and estimated he had sunk at least a litre of spirits before heading out into town and continuing to drink at nearby nightclub Atik.

Ralph Piggott, mitigating, said Seaman would rethink the amount of alcohol he drinks.

He said: “He went out on New Year’s Eve and said he drinks approximately once per month but when he does, it is to excess.

“He offers his sincere apologies to the victims in this case.

“It is out of character but perhaps he needs to rethink his drinking in the future.”

Seaman, who lives on the university campus, has no previous convictions.

Magistrates ordered him to pay £100 compensation to the male victim and £400 to the female.

He must also pay costs of £85, a £30 victim surcharge and a fine of £80.

Chairman of the bench Ian Andrews said his actions could have easily resulted in a community order.

He said: “This was a case of you being fuelled by alcohol and as a result pushing someone in the chest and assaulting his girlfriend, again with your head.

“It was similar but more serious in the sense you actually caused her injuries.

“Having made these two attacks who ran off and had no memory of them apart from running away.”