'Stone thrower' was assaulted by his target

A man who punched a rival to the ground and stamped on his head in a row over damage to his car has been jailed.

Adam Kelly, 26, left his victim with a fractured jaw and covered in blood following the incident in Mirfield.

Leeds Crown Court heard how Kelly harboured a grudge after believing his victim had thrown a stone at his BMW.

Kelly spotted the man walking along North Street as he was driving home

from work on May 3 last year.

He stopped the vehicle and went over to the man and punched him to the ground.

Witnesses then saw Kelly stamp on the man's face, chest and legs.

Kelly, of Wakefield Road, Lepton, Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

In mitigation, the court heard a claim that Kelly's attack was not premeditated but was a result of a chance meeting and it was added that he took revenge as a result of a stone being thrown at his car.

Judge Christopher Batty was handed references from Kelly's family and business associates, describing him in "glowing terms".

He was described as extremely hard working and had made a success of his family business.

The court heard he had been suffering panic attacks at the thought of being sent to prison and urged judge Batty not to impose a prison sentence.

But the judge said the offence was so serious he had to impose a custodial sentence.

Kelly was jailed for 12 months.

The judge told him: "You punched him and stamped on him repeatedly. He

was covered in blood and had a fractured jaw and was in a very sorry state when he gave his evidence many months after this incident.

"He did not deserve any of that."

He added: "Temper just clearly got the better of you."

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