A MAN was spared jail after being convicted of attacking two people in Didcot, including the landlady of a town pub.

Matthew Webb, 30, of Hamble Road, Didcot, received a suspended sentence at Oxford Crown Court yesterday, after admitting two counts of causing actual bodily harm.

The first related to an attack outside the Wallingford Arms in Broadway on May 31 last year, in which landlady Jennifer Howard was kicked in the face.

The court heard a fight started outside the pub, involving bouncers and Webb’s friends. At one point, Ms Howard was left kneeling on the floor, when Webb kicked her in the face.

The second incident was in the town centre at noon on June 14 last year, when Webb “repeatedly kicked and punched” victim Tim Sutton.

Judge Christopher Compston, who heard Webb recently became a father and was training for two jobs, said: “Both these offences were highly unpleasant. But if I sentenced you to prison, I believe it would lead to the loss of your home, your partner and you would certainly have less of a relationship with your son.”

He added: “This is a card you can play once and only once. Understand, if you do this again, you will face an immediate prison sentence.”

Webb was sentenced to six months and 10 months, to run concurrently and suspended for two years.

He was also given a supervision order and ordered to pay £250 to both victims.