A THUG who punched a friend after accusing him of using too much electricity at his flat has been spared an immediate jail term.
Damien Jones, aged 21, of Market Street, Hoyland, hit Daniel Greenwood in his right eye, leaving him with a suspected broken cheekbone.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Mr Greenwood was knocked unconscious.
But Judge Peter Kelson QC decided not to send Jones to prison - instead handing him a three-month suspended sentence and ordering him to complete an anger management course.
Carl Fitch, prosecuting, said Mr Greenwood, also 21, stayed over on December 28 at the flat Jones shared with his girlfriend.
Mr Fitch said: “The was woken the next morning by a conversation between Jones and his girlfriend. Jones came into the room where Mr Greenwood was, and remonstrated with him, saying he had used all the electricity on the pre-paid meter.
Mr Fitch said Jones punched Daniel ‘with some force’, adding: “He lost consciousness for a while and woke up lying on the floor at the side of the sofa.”
Jones admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.