A 26-year-old man who wounded a young woman was told by a judge: “In drink you are a violent bully.”

Judge Huw Rees added: “When you are sober you are a perfectly reasonable and genuine person.”

He was speaking to Ryan Roberts of Parc Alun, Mold, who pleaded guilty to unlawfully wounding Kay Griffiths and to assaulting his former partner Carly Bartley and damaging her home.

Jailing him for 20 months Judge Rees told Roberts that as a boxer “you knew your possibilities.”

Sarah Badrawy, prosecuting at Caernarfon Crown Court, said the attack on Miss Griffiths took place at 1.30am in August outside the Red Lion pub at Mold, and she suffered a broken nose and a scar near her eye.

He had been in a row outside the pub then had run across the road and punched her in the face.

Roberts had changed jackets with a man nearby but had been arrested when in a minibus taxi.

The next day he sent a Facebook message to the victim declaring: “Are you ok? - I need to make a personal apology.”

The barrister said that later he’d climbed into the home of his “ex” Carly Bartley, and pushed her on to a sofa. She ran to a neighbour and he threw a tv across the room.

John Hedgecoe, defending him, said the time he had spent on remand in Altcourse prison “made him realise the way his life was going. He quite clearly has problems with alcohol but is beginning to realise the problems he has.”

He said: “It is to his credit he recognises what he has done and feels genuine remorse.”

Judge Rees told Roberts that at first he’d gloated at what he had done to Miss Griffiths. “At least you had the good grace when you sobered up to spend her a Facebook message to apologise.”