Rounders bat used in attack.
A MIDLAND man has been spared prison after hitting another man over the head with a rounders bat.
The two men met by chance just three weeks after the victim had allegedly broken Ryan Wesley's jaw, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.
"People who use weapons to inflict injury invariably lose their liberty but this was an unusual incident," Judge Michael Dudley told 20-year-old Wesley.
"I do not regard this as a revenge attack because it was a chance meeting with the person who had earlier inflicted injury on you and you had the rounders bat with you for perfectly legitimate reasons."
The judge went on: "This was a split-second decision, but you could have killed him - although only a fairly serious wound was caused."
Wesley, of Walker Avenue, Wolverhampton, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and was given eight months in a Young Offenders' Institution suspended for two years. He was also told to do 180 hours' community punishment and ordered to obey a threemonth curfew order.