A man was hit over the head with a metal wheel brace wrapped in a pair of underpants as he sat watching television in a Newmarket bedsit.
Daniel Smith was left with blood streaming down his face after the attack at an address in Palace Street, a court heard.
On Thursday, his attacker, Daniel Sinden, 42, of Park Lane, Newmarket, was sentenced to 20 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 30 hours of unpaid work, after he admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.
Prosecuting, Lori Tucker said the incident happened in the early hours of Friday, May 17, in a bedsit rented by Tony Hughes where Sinden and other friends had gathered.
Following the arrival of Mr Smith, Sinden, who was living in the same building at the time, left the room and returned shortly afterwards armed with a wheel brace wrapped in a pair of his own underpants.
Ms Tucker said Mr Smith, who was watching television, heard a remark about a belt he had borrowed from Sinden, then felt a blow to his head. “Suddenly he felt blood pouring over his face” said Ms Tucker.
After a struggle in which Mr Smith grabbed Sinden in a headlock in a bid to restrain him, police arrived.
Mr Smith received hospital treatment for a cut to his scalp. When interviewed by police, Sinden admitted the attack and said he had been drinking.
Mitigating for Sinden, Jacob Edwards told the court: “He understands what he did was wholly inappropriate and unacceptable.”
He claimed that the incident had resulted from problems caused by anti-social behaviour by visitors to the bedsits but said Sinden was now anxious to put his past, which included a number of convictions, behind him.
“The background to all his offending has been alcohol,” said Mr Edwards. He said Sinden – who at one time was drinking three bottles of spirits a day –was actively taking successful steps to tackle his problems.
Sentencing him, Recorder Heather Rogers told Sinden: “It was by more luck than judgement that Mr Smith’s injuries were not more severe.”