Jealous ex-boyfriend jailed for six years after brutal attack on man in Leeds

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A JEALOUS thug who smashed a beer bottle on a man’s head during a brutal attack in Leeds has been jailed for six years.

Leeds Crown Court heard father-of-six Dennis Melia’s victim Gary Lyons had to have 20 stitches in a head wound and a metal plate inserted in a badly fractured eye socket.

Melia, 33, flew into a rage after turning up at his ex-girlfriend Julie Mulroy’s home in Seacroft and discovering she was with Mr Lyons.

The court heard violence flared in the street while Mr Lyons was waiting for a taxi home during the incident on February 14.

Prosecutor, Bashir Ahmed said Melia, of Mardale Crescent, Seacroft, twice hit Mr Lyons on the head with a beer bottle and repeatedly kicked and punched him when he was on the ground.

Mr Lyons had to undergo an operation to fit a titanium plate in his fractured eye socket.

The court heard he suffers from double vision and can no longer work as a roofer.

Mitigating, Denise Breen-Lawton said Melia had been drinking before the incident and is “truly ashamed” of what he did, adding: “It was an attack that was fuelled by jealousy.”

Melia admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Jailing Melia for six years, Recorder Ray Singh told him; “I will be loyal to the basis of plea that the altercation was a fight between you and Mr Lyons.

“It seems you got the better of him, at which stage there can be no justification for what you did thereafter.”