Violence erupted at Warsop Vale allotments when one man accused another of not paying for some chickens, a court was told.
Perry Bland (44), confronted Kyle Sargison, who was leaving the allotments carrying a tray of eggs.
Bland told Mr Sargison he owed some money from when Bland’s son had sold him the chickens, said Christopher Lowe, prosecuting at Nottingham Crown Court.
“He punched Mr Sargison three times to the face, knocking out a tooth,” said Mr Lowe.
In a scuffle Mr Sargison’s gold chain fell to the ground. Bland picked it up and said ‘Let’s see how much I can get for this’.
The victim reported the incident to the police. Bland was arrested and said he acted in self defence.
Bland, of Lime Crescent, Church Warsop, later admitted theft and assault causing actual bodily harm on 26th October last year.
His plea of not guilty to the more serious charge of robbery was accepted.
In mitigation, it was said Bland had health problems.
Judge Jonathan Teare sentenced him to 150 hours’ unpaid work for the community.