A MAN involved in a dispute with a colleague at work went around to his home in the evening and struck him on the head with a metal bar.
Stephen Jones, 39, was ejected from the house and left – but not before asking for his bar back.
Jones, of Tanycoed, Caia Park, Wrexham, admitted common assault and possessing the bar as an offensive weapon.
He was spared immediate custody yesterday and given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and placed on a four-month tagged curfew to ensure he remains indoors between 6.30pm and 6am.
Judge Niclas Parry said it would have been a frightening experience for the victim and ordered Jones to pay £250 compensation.
This was a premeditated attack involving the use of a weapon,” he said.
“You attacked the victim on the doorstep, if not inside his own home.
“It was persistent. You had several opportunities to leave.”
The case was aggravated by his previous convictions which included one for possessing an offensive weapon.
He had pleaded guilty, the injuries were minor, it was a common assault charge and the most important feature was that 18 months had passed and there had been no further incident.
Judge Parry said he also took into account the defendant’s serious health problems.
David Mainstone, prosecuting, said that at the time complainant Martin George Bates was a cleaner at Sainsbury’s in Wrexham with Jones.
There was an incident at work which resulted in Mr Bates’ working hours being increased and the defendant’s hours being reduced.
“That caused problems between the two of them,” he said.
On February 7 last year, the complainant was at home in the evening when he answered a knock on the door to find Jones there. He said the boss was asking if he was going to work the following day?
Mr Bates said the boss had told Jones to stay away and closed the door.
Jones knocked on the door again and asked Mr Bates what his problem was but Mr Bates closed the door again and returned to the kitchen.
But Jones entered with a metal bar which he swung and caught Mr Bates on the head with it.
He was able to grab it off him with assistance from his father and they managed to push him out.
Jones asked for the bar back before walking off.
Mr Bates was left with a mark and swelling above the left eye but the skin was not broken.
Interviewed, Jones claimed he acted in self-defence and accused Mr Bates of being the aggressor.
But yesterday he pleaded guilty after getting a sentencing indication.
Brian Treadwell, defending, said the incident happened at the back door, not inside the premises. His client was 40 with chronic angina who was waiting an appointment with a consultant cardiologist.
He was now living on state benefits and that was unlikely to change given his health problems.