A “THUG” who drove his van at a dad and rained blows down upon him in front of his teenage daughter has been jailed for 22 months.
Andrew Brindley (54) attacked the man in front of horrified onlookers after a dispute over a mobile phone.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Brindley’s friend had agreed to fix his phone but there was a disagreement over whether it had been repaired properly.
Judge David Dixon told the court: “As a result, he kept the phone, and that’s what this all stems from.”
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Brindley’s victim had been walking along Tickhill Road, Maltby, with his 14-year-old daughter in April when he was attacked, the judge said.
Brindley mounted the pavement and deliberately drove his van towards his victim, hitting him while witnesses looked on, Judge Dixon said.
“You then got out of the vehicle armed with a stick,” the judge told the defendant. “You used it repeatedly on the complainant, even when he went to ground, raining blows down upon him.
“He manages to get up and tries to make good his escape.
“All of this within sight of his daughter, a 14-year-old girl seeing her father being assaulted by a thug like you.”
Judge Dixon told the man he had expected to see more serious harm than had been caused.
The victim escaped serious injuries — suffering only bruising and a minor cut.
“You are said to be genuinely remorseful,” Judge Dixon said.
“My concern here is that for whatever reason, you are someone who, over something as trivial as the repair of a mobile phone, completely lost control.
“You behaved in a way in which you could have killed a man.”
Brindley, of St Withold Avenue, Thurcroft, pleaded guilty at previous hearings to offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and dangerous driving.
Mitigating, Mr Dermot Hughes said: “There’s genuine remorse and he accepts his behaviour was wholly unacceptable.”
Sentencing him to 22 months in jail, Judge Dixon said: “You have character references that talk about you being a family man and a trusting, honest man who would go out of his way to help others.
“It’s difficult to see how on earth you are before this court.”