Man struck mother's leg as her three-year-old son watched
A MAN who attacked a woman as her three-year-old child sat watching has avoided jail.
Ricky Judd, 22, admitted causing criminal damage and assault when he appeared before Swansea magistrates.
The court heard he was a passenger in a minibus when an argument broke out between passengers in the vehicle, and Richard and Sarah Armani, who were driving their Kia Picanto along Pentremalwed Road, Morriston.
It happened at around 5.10pm on October 18, after the dispute caused the minibus to stop.
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Before Mr Armani could get out of the car, an altercation began, said Sharon Anderson, prosecuting.
Mrs Armani told police she saw two of the other minibus passengers make an offensive gesture with their hands and start laughing at them.
Judd then opened a can of lager, leant out of a window, shook it, and the contents spilled into the couple's car.
Mrs Anderson said there was an exchange of words between Judd and Mr Armani and Mrs Armani said Judd looked as if he was "enjoying" it.
Judd then struck Mrs Armani's right leg, leaving her with bruises.
Mrs Armani became worried for her son, who was in the car, and locked the car door before telling Judd to move away.
"She felt scared and was frantic," said Mrs Anderson.
Dan Griffiths, representing Judd, said his client admitted he had a problem with alcohol misuse.
"The primary problem that exists in his life is the misuse of alcohol," said Mr Griffiths.
Judd, of Woodford Road, Blaenymaes, was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months.