A MAN was in an “alcohol fuelled rage” when he attacked a total stranger in the street, a court heard.
Yesterday Marco Patricio, 33, was jailed for 15 months after he earlier admitted an assault charge.
Victim David Brian Hughes was walking home from the pub through Caia Park, Wrexham, when he felt a blow to the head from behind.
He turned around, was repeatedly punched to the face, he tried to get away but fell to the ground where he was further punched.
Mr Hughes suffered a suspected fractured nose and other injuries including two black eyes and cuts and bruises.
Patricio, of Y Wern in Wrexham, initially denied the assault in May of last year but after the complainant had given his evidence to the jury, he changed his plea to guilty.
The judge, Mr Recorder Jeremy Jenkins, told Patricio yesterday at Mold Crown Court that he was no stranger to the court and had an unenviable record.
“Here you are yet again, committing an unprovoked attack against a stranger in the street,” he said.
The judge said a pre-sentence report showed that he had successfully completed an anger management programme called “CALM” and a “Choose to Change” programme.
“While you passed them, you successfully completed them, they have had very little effect on your offending behaviour, particularly when you are in drink,” he said.
“This was an unprovoked attack on a man who was doing nothing more than walking home. He was no match for you, a powerfully built athletic man.”
He said it was “a sustained attack” which continued even after he had pushed his victim to the floor.
Prosecutor James Coutts told how the incident had affected the victim’s confidence and how he feared going out at night.
He said it had been an unprovoked attack on a gentleman in drink on his own late at night. It had an element of the deliberate targeting of a vulnerable victim.
Defending barrister Paul Smith said the incident occurred because of “alcohol fuelled rage rather than anything else.”
It was conceded there were aggravating features and that he had “a deeply unattractive” list of previous convictions.
The present offence was a “step up” from his previous convictions but he urged the court to pass a suspended prison sentence with onerous conditions.
The earlier hearing was told Mr Hughes had been out enjoying himself with friends.
He was walking home alone when the attack took place.
The attack was witnessed by a neighbour who had got up in the early hours to get herself a drink.
She was later able to identify Patricio as the attacker on a police video identification procedure.
He gave a no comment interview and produced what the prosecution claimed was a false alibi.
Mr Hughes told how he had been to various pubs, left The Cambrian pub at 1.40am and was merry after having eight pints.
He was walking passed some flats at Gwenfro when he heard male voices.
The next thing he knew there was a blow to the back of his head.
When he turned around he saw a man who he didn’t know who delivered five or six punches to his face.
Mr Hughes said he tried to get away but he fell over and got hit again.
“I just wanted to get home as quickly as possible,” he explained.
“I didn’t know him. I had never seen him before.”