AN ISLE of Wight man who attacked another man in Ryde Wetherspoons, pulling a chair out from under him and battering him while he was on the floor, has been spared jail.

Nathan Bett, of St John's Wood Road, Ryde, appeared before Isle of Wight magistrates on Friday, February 2.

At a previous hearing in December, the 38-year-old admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and criminal damage, in Ryde, on September 29 of last year.

Prosecutor, Munayah Hussan, said Bett’s victim had been drinking alone in Wetherspoons public house and sat at a table next to a window.

She said Bett had been with a group outside, entered the pub and pulled the chair out from under him.

The court heard the victim fell and hit his head, and Bett went on to punch him multiple times in the left eye and facial area, shouting “don’t have a go at my mum”, before staff intervened.

Ms Munayah said the victim was left in pain, with blood pouring down his face, and his mobile phone was damaged.

CCTV of the incident was shown in court, as well as pictures of the victim’s injuries and damage to his mobile phone.

Ms Munayah said, during his arrest, Bett told officers the victim “deserved it”, and magistrates remarked on how he showed “no remorse in the dock”.

Bett, representing himself, touched on how he had been going through a tough time following a split from his partner of 18 years.

He said the victim sent nasty messages to his mother.

Bett was handed a 24-week prison term, suspended for 12 months, to include 30 rehabilitation days and 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was ordered to pay £500 compensation to his victim, costs of £85 and a £154 surcharge.