A man who knocked his friend’s teeth out was spared jail as an act of mercy for his partner.
Jamie Hendy was being dealt with for seriously assaulting Mark Scanlon, punching out four of his teeth, breaking his nose and fracturing his eye socket.
But Bristol Crown Court heard if Hendy went to prison his partner would go to a care home.
Hendy, 47, of Westfield Road, Westbury-on-Trym, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm on August 21 last year.
Judge James Patrick handed him a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with rehabilitation.
He told Hendy: “You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.
“What you’ve done does not cover yourself in glory.
“It was thuggish, yobbish behaviour.
“One person saves you from prison.
“As an act of mercy I am not sending you to prison.”
James Haskell, prosecuting, said Hendy was at home socialising with friends when an argument ensued and Mr Scanlon put his arm around him.
Mr Haskell told the court: “The defendant headbutted him and punched him to the face on multiple occasions.
“Mr Scanlon went to hospital and the defendant was arrested.
“Mr Scanlon suffered a broken nose, fractured eye socket, swelling to his left eye, swelling to his forehead and he lost four teeth.”
Mr Haskell stressed that Mr Scanlon’s teeth were loose before the attack.
Hendy told police he had been “really drunk” after drinking six to eight pints and wine and couldn’t recall much of the incident.
He conceded there was no excuse for hitting out and said he felt ashamed.
Mr Scanlon made an impact statement saying the loss of his teeth caused eating difficulties and he also suffered effects to sleep and his mental health.
Edward Hetherington, defending, said his client had had a drinking problem for years and it could have been exacerbated by grief on the anniversary of his father’s death.
Mr Hetherington said: “What happened was a shock to him.
“His alcohol intake has reduced considerably.”