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Victim's Facebook hunt leads to jail for Scott Simmonds

An attacker who was tracked down on Facebook by one of his victims has been jailed for 10 months for a series of assaults.

During one of the drunken attacks, Scott Simmonds, 22, from Flint, punched Barry Machell, 21, at a bus stop.

Mr Machell searched the website, found Simmonds' profile picture and reported him, Mold Crown Court heard.

Simmonds admitted three assaults, two criminal damage charges and possessing a hammer as an offensive weapon.

The court heard that Simmonds had committed six offences within a 10-week period while drunk.

The unprovoked attack on Mr Machell happened as the victim was waiting for a bus on his 21st birthday.

While on bail for that offence, Simmonds later punched another innocent man in the face as he filled his car with petrol.

After that victim reported the incident to police, Simmonds later tried to attack him with a hammer in a revenge attack, and smashed his car windows.

The court heard that the remaining charges related to common assaults.

Sentencing, Judge Niclas Parry said the case had been aggravated by the defendant's previous convictions which included three assaults and eight damage convictions.

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