Man with metal pole carries out ‘terrifying attack’

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A man armed with a metal pole and crash helmet carried out a ‘terrifying’ attack - and then handed himself in.

Ryan Hayes, 30, of Green Road, Bury St Edmunds, pleaded guilty to assault by beating and possessing an offensive weapon at Bury Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

On June 2 Hayes’ girlfriend Nicola Hulks received a ‘sexual text message’ from her ex-partner Tim Stone.

An angry Hayes drove to Mr Stone’s house in Assington Green with his girlfriend in tow. He put on a motorcycle crash helmet and grabbed a two foot metal pole from his car and went to confront him.

In a victim statement, Mr Stone said he was hit 15 to 20 times resulting in bruising all over his body and a four inch cut on his arm. He was later taken to hospital.

In mitigation Lyndon Davies said Hayes immediately handed himself in to police, before the crime had even been reported, and made a full confession.

Sentencing, District Judge Celia Dawson said: “It must have been a terrifying experience.”

Hayes received 150 hours of unpaid work, costs of £85, must pay compensation of £100 and a £60 victim surcharge. Nicola Hulks pleaded guilty to using insulting words and behaviour and was fined £100, £85 costs with a £20 victim surcharge.