A MAN who carried out a vicious attack in Ventnor has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Bailey Smith, of no fixed address but formerly of Lowtherville Road, Ventnor, had assaulted a man with a punch and repeated kicks to the head.

He admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent against Guy Taylor, assaulting Charlotte Archer by beating, and causing criminal damage to a post office window, valued at £600, on March 14.

While 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, had remained in custody ever since, awaiting sentencing by a crown court judge, after magistrates committed him to the higher court.

He appeared in front of Recorder Simon Levene on Thursday.

The court heard Smith repeatedly kicked Mr Taylor 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.

At the earlier magistrates' court hearing, Amy Hosell, representing Smith, said: "Prison is not the place for him. He has mental health problems with ADHD and Aspergers. He knows he behaved disgustingly, in his own words."

Smith was given a six month custodial sentence, suspended for two years.

He must complete 25 rehabilitation days and an alcohol treatment programme, while on a two-year supervision order.

He was also made subject of a restraining order.