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Jail for man who attacked lodger he found in bed with his girlfriend
A MAN who attacked his lodger when he caught him in bed with his girlfriend was has been jailed - even though a judge said he had been "highly provoked".
David Scott said he "saw red and went beserk" when he heard noises coming from the open window of his flat in and peered in to see the pair.
Scott - who had been sleeping in the shed because of problems in his relationship - climbed through the window to confront the other man, a court heard.
The lodger was said to have rushed at him with a decorating pole before 45-year-old threw a wine bottle at his head and dragged him outside.
Neighbours heard the commotion and called police and told they saw Scott fling out the other man's clothes and repeatedly punch him in the street.
Prosecutor Rachel Masters told Teesside Crown Court how the victim suffered a broken cheekbone, and said he was shocked by the ferocity of the attack.
Andrew Teate, mitigating, urged Judge George Moorhouse to pass a suspended prison sentence, because of the unusual circumstances of Scott's case.
"While his conduct can be in no way, shape or form be condoned, I suspect that a great number of people would do as Mr Scott did and see red.
"The Probation Service say he demonstrates very little victim empathy, but that's understandable in the circumstances of this offence," said Mr Teate.
Scott, of Barmouth Road, Eston, Middlesbrough, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on December 17, and was jailed for a year today (Friday, September 6).
Judge Moorhouse told him: "I accept you were highly provoked, but however much you were provoked, that kind of behaviour will not be tolerated."