A man racially abused his Spanish housemates before grabbing one of them by the neck and throttling him.
The catalyst for the assault was his victim talking on his mobile phone at 8am.
Craig Jones would later tell police he was hungover and tired when he launched the morning assault.
Swansea Crown Court heard the 31-year-old was on a community order at the time of the incident after he had assaulted his mother.
Sending the defendant to prison, a judge said there appeared to be little prospect of Jones being rehabilitated at the moment.
Helen Randall, prosecuting, said the assault took place on February 4 this year in a shared house in the Brynmill area of Swansea.
She said that at around 8am Jones began banging on the door of a housemate’s room telling him to get off his phone and shouting “shut the f*ck up” and “f*cking Spanish”.
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The Spaniard replied that 8am was not an unreasonable time to be on the phone – and pointed out that Jones had woken the house at 4am that morning by smashing stuff.
The court heard the defendant returned to his room but later in the morning went back to his victim’s room, and resuming shouting – when the door was opened he grabbed his victim by the throat and squeezed. A scuffle then broke out between the two men, and Jones was later seen in the garden of the property threatening to kill the two Spanish brothers who lived with him, and to rip out their necks.
Miss Randall said Jones was heard to shout: “Those f*cking Spanish bastards. They don’t understand me, and I don’t want to understand them.”
The defendant continued shouting abuse about the Iberian siblings, and when police arrived he was abusive and aggressive to the officers. He was interviewed the following day, and labelled his Spanish housemates rude. He told officers that on the day in question he had been “hungover and tired”.
Craig Alexander Jones, of Rhyddings Terrace, Brynmill, Swansea, had previously pleaded guilty to battery and affray when he appeared in the dock via videolink from prison for sentencing. He has 20 previous convictions for 34 offences including two for public order matters, and three for common assault. At the time of the Spanish incident he was subject to a community order imposed in August last year for common assault, criminal damage, and a public order offence all relating to his mother with whom he was living at the time.
David Singh, for Jones, said the threats had been made “in the heat of the moment” and the defendant regrets what he did. He said his client had battled an addiction to alcohol for most of his life, and recognised he needed help to address that problem and to address his issues with anger management.
The barrister told the court Jones had been remanded into custody on February 6, and had therefore been in prison for three months – the equivalent of having served a six month sentence.
Judge Paul Thomas QC told Jones he had made derogatory comments about his housemates’ Spanish nationality, and issued “lurid threats” to kill them – all while subject to a community order. He said he could see no realistic prospect of rehabilitation for the defendant at the moment.
The judge said the appropriate sentence was one of 15 months in prison which he would increase by 25 per cent for as an “uplift” to account for the racial element of the offending, however the credit Jones was due for his guilty pleas would bring the sentence back down to 15 months. Judge Thomas revoked the community order given to the defendant for assaulting his mother and sentenced him to three months for that matter to run concurrently. Jones will serve up to half the 15 month sentence in custody before being released on licence under the UK government’s early release scheme to serve the remainder in the community.
The defendant was made the subject of a restraining order banning him from contacting his victims for the next five years.