A CLEANER from East Cowes who seriously injured a man with a crowbar is 'likely to face a custodial sentence', an Isle of Wight Crown Court judge warned.

Jerry Lee Russell, of Gort Road, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm against Benjamin Ryan, at East Cowes skatepark, on July 28, when he appeared at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Monday.

Russell, 25, also admitted possessing an offensive weapon, a crowbar, which was used in the attack on his victim, at an earlier appearance before Island magistrates.

In committing the offences, Russell had breached the terms of a suspended sentence order.

The judge in the matter, Recorder Malcolm Gibney, ordered a report on Russell, but warned the starting point for sentencing will be the activation of the suspended sentence, together with a likely supplementary custodial sentence.

Russell was remanded in custody to reappear at the same venue for sentencing on October 22.

"I granted a pre-sentence report, but don't read anything into that. The sentencing judge will likely start with imposing a custodial sentence as the first priority," Recorder Gibney told Russell.