AN AMMAN Valley man who assaulted his friend in a jealous rage has been spared jail.

Owen Caines had been at a “meet” with other car enthusiasts on May 29, 2019, when he saw a friend with his former partner.

Swansea Crown Court heard how Caines repeatedly punched his victim in what the judge described as a “vicious” attack.

Dyfed Thomas, prosecuting, said before the attack a series of text messages was sent between the occupants of the two cars before “jealousy got the better of him”.

Witnesses estimated Caines delivered around 10 or 11 blows to his victim, with the assault ending when another person pulled the defendant away.

The victim was taken to hospital where it was revealed he had suffered a fracture to the bones of the eye socket.

Mr Thomas said the following day Caines had contacted the victim on Facebook and apologised.

The 27-year-old attended a police station on June 16, 2019, where he was arrested.

Caines, of Cwmamman Road, Glanaman, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm at Swansea Crown Court.

James Hartson, for Caines, said the attack had been motivated by jealousy. Adding that the defendant was deeply ashamed of his behaviour.

Recorder Mark Powell QC described the attack as a “vicious” and unjustified assault on a friend seemingly motivated by jealousy. He told Caines that who his former partner wished to consort with a year after their relationship had ended was none of his business.

He was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete a rehabilitation course.

He must also pay his victim £3,000 in compensation.