Lyn Aylesbury broke the nose of a gym-goer
A bodybuilder who accused a fellow weightlifter of ‘belittling’ him in front of others before headbutting him in a ‘gym rage’ attack has been spared jail.
Lyn Aylesbury, 47, broke the nose of the fellow gym-goer in the assault among the dumbbells and workout machine at the centre in Newport, South Wales.
Aylesbury had sent an abusive text to his former friend Andrew Ferris after the pair fell out, Cardiff Crown Court was told.
Shaven-headed Aylesbury accused Mr Ferris of ‘belittling him in front of others’ – and the tension boiled over when Mr Ferris was confronted by Aylesbury as he arrived at the gym to work out.
The gym’s own CCTV showed Aylesbury stripping off to his weightlifting vest before confronting Mr Ferris – then attacking him in the gym.
Richard Ace, prosecuting, said: ‘He was heatbutted and punched in the face.’
The gym’s CCTV showed Aylesbury confronting Mr Ferris – then headbutting him in the gym
The court was played a clip of the CCTV footage from inside the gym at the Wales National Velodrome in Newport.
Electrician Mr Ferris was forced to take time off work from whiplash and concussion, and had surgery to straighten his nose.
Aylesbury, of Newport, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was given a ten month sentence, suspended for a year and a half.
The court heard he has 13 previous convictions for assault – but none for 17 years.
The incident happened at the gym at the Wales National Velodrome in Newport, South Wales
Aylesbury admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and told to complete unpaid work
Hugh Wallace, defending, said: ‘It is very sad to see that a man with a history of violence, going back many years, should find himself in this position again.’
Mr Wallace added: ‘He has expressed remorse and it would be a disaster personally if he were to receive a custodial sentence.’
Aylesbury must also complete 200 hours of unpaid work. Recorder Caroline Rees QC said: ‘I am giving you a chance, don’t throw it away.’