A “DRUNKEN thug” who continued to attack an Aberystwyth man even after he had gone back into his own home has received a suspended jail sentence.
The Cambrian News reported “Steven Wintle, 36, then living in the town but now working as a fitness instructor in Birmingham, broke the nose of Jonathan Williams after first damaging his van.
Wintle was found guilty of assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage.
Wintle was jailed on Thursday for 18 months, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay Mr Williams £2,000 in compensation and to obey a two-month curfew.
His friend, David Jones, also 36, of Cae Job, Penparcau, had been found not guilty of assault.
Swansea Crown Court heard how Mr Williams, a carpenter, heard a commotion outside his home in Baker Street, Aberystwyth, late on 22 October last year.
He went out and saw Wintle headbutt the side of his van and began to take photographs of the damage on his mobile telephone.
Wintle became aggressive and pushed him back inside his terraced house and then punched him and headbutted his face.
Mr Williams was taken to Bronglais Hospital and later underwent an operation.
Wintle tried to claim Mr Williams had been the aggressor but the jury rejected his version of events.
Judge Paul Thomas told Wintle: “This was drunken thuggery inside the victim’s own home” here.