MAGISTRATES were shown CCTV images of a late night attack on a homeless man beside the clock in the main street at Bangor.

In the dock at Llandudno last Friday was 39 year old Jonathan Hallwood, himself now homeless, who admitted common assault last November, shoplifting, stealing a purse form a parked car and fraudulently using a bank card.

Diane Williams, prosecuting, said it was an unprovoked attack in which the man had been pushed to the ground.

Defence solicitor Nia Dawson said that because Hallwood was homeless he couldn’t have a bank account, which meant he couldn’t receive benefit. “He can’t find a way out of it,” she added.

He was given an eight week prison sentence in addition to 14 weeks in custody for breaching a suspended sentence and must pay a £122 victim surcharge. Court chairwoman Ann Dickinson told him: “We feel it was a nasty unprovoked attack on a vulnerable victim causing a head injury which may have had very serious consequences.”