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Jailed: Shrewsbury chef attacked naked man he found at his ex-girlfriend's home

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A chef who carried out a sustained attack on a naked man, chasing him from one room to another at his ex-girlfriend's Shrewsbury home, has been jailed.

Ian Hatton, 27, had been drinking and taken cocaine when he went to the property in the early hours and assaulted Luke Jones who was a guest at the house.

The victim suffered a 'severe beating' and had desperately tried to escape his attacker by moving from one bedroom to another.

Hatton had initially armed himself with two knives from the kitchen but these had been discarded before the assault.

At Shrewsbury Crown Court, Hatton was jailed for 28 months.

Judge Jonathan Gosling said he could not imagine the terror caused to Mr Jones and his host, Alexandra Brissoua, when Hatton 'marched' into the house.

He said Hatton's relationship with Miss Brissoua had been short-lived and this was a premeditated attack.

"It was a prolonged and severe beating which started when Mr Jones was sitting naked on a bed and was then chased from room to room," he said.

Hatton, of Chapel Mews, Castle Street, Shrewsbury, had admitted a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm at an earlier hearing.

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Mr Kevin Jones, prosecuting, said the attack happened at around 4am on December 27 last year, a week after the defendant's relationship with Miss Brissoua had ended.

He said Hatton knocked the door and marched in and took the knives from the kitchen and ran up the stairs. Miss Brissoua had tried to disarm him, but the knives had been dropped as Hatton barged into the bedroom and was 'in a rage' and punched Mr Jones who was sat on the bed.

Mr Jones said the victim was punched several times in a 'full on assault' and was left bleeding heavily, but managed to get out and into another room and was chased and punched again.

The incident ended when the victim barricaded himself in another room. He suffered a cut to his left eye, bruising to his cheek and head and to his shoulder and ribs.

Mr Andrew Holland, for Hatton, said his client was normally a calm person, but had lost his temper having been drinking and taken cocaine. He said Hatton 'bitterly regretted' what happened.

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