ISLAND magistrates were so appalled by a vicious attack by Bailey Smith on a man in Ventnor with a punch and repeated kicks to the head, they have passed sentencing to a crown court judge.

Smith, of no fixed address — formerly of Lowtherville Road, Ventnor — admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent against Guy Taylor, asssaulting Charlotte Archer by beating and causing criminal damage to a post office window, valued at £600, in Ventnor, on the evening of March 14.

Whilst on bail for the March offences, Smith caused criminal damage to a door, belonging to Charlotte Archer and using threatening, abusive words and behaviour, likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, on April 3.

Smith, 22, has remained in custody ever since.

Regarding the March offences, Smith was out drinking with couple Mr Taylor and Miss Archer, his ex-partner, with everything remaining amicable until Smith got drunk, said Ann Smout, prosecuting, at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (26).

When the couple decided to walk off and leave him, Smith followed and he swung a plastic bag at the post office window, smashing it.

He then walked up to the couple and pushed Miss Archer into the road. When Mr Taylor intervened, Smith punched him in the face, causing him to fall.

While on the ground, Smith repeatedly kicked him in the head — at least seven times.

As a result, Mr Taylor suffered a broken tooth and bumps to his head. Smith then spat in Miss Archer's face. She suffered pain from the fall, said Mrs Smout.

Other witnesses gave similar accounts of the incident.

After being arrested and interviewed, Smith was released on police bail on March 15, with conditions not to contact either victim.

However, on April 3, Smith flouted bail by going round to Miss Archer''s home that evening — shouting abuse at her outside her home

After Smith was ushered out the building, re reacted by hurling a binbag at Miss Archer, which just missed her head — insulting her in the process, the court was told.

Smith returned and kicked her front door, which caused damage. 

When asked if he had caused the damage to the door, Smith said: "I guess so. I've been a bit of an idiot."

Smith was last convicted for three offences of common assault on New Year's Eve in 2018.

For Smith, Amy Hosell said her client had very little recollection of the incidents, but accepted the evidence against him.

"Prison is not the place for him. He has mental health problems with ADHD and Aspergers," she said.

"He knows he behaved disgustingly, in his own words."

Magistrates, having considered a report, committed Smith to the higher court for sentencing — remanding him in custody to appear again on May 12.

Presiding magistrate, Gillian Dale, told Smith: "This was a prolonged assault, with a number of blows or kicks meted out to the victim."