A MAN headbutted and punched his neighbour 30 times after violence erupted following a row over loud music.

Michael Moore attacked Kial Edwards after he asked his victim to “keep the noise down” at the house in multiple occupation they shared in Newport.

Cardiff Crown Court heard how the defendant lost his temper and felt “provoked” by his fellow tenant.

Tom Roberts, prosecuting, said: “He headbutted him causing the victim to fall to the floor.

“The defendant continued to headbutt him before the complainant got him in a headlock.


“He managed to free himself and punched Mr Edwards 20 to 30 times in the back of his head.”

The victim suffered a swollen lip, a lump at the back of his head and scratches to the body.

Moore, 31, of Gaer Vale, Newport, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm on September 18.

The defendant, who appeared via video link from Parc Prison, Bridgend, has 18 previous convictions for 13 offences.

He was jailed for 32 months for robbery and 40 months in August 2019 for possession with intent to supply drugs.

Representing the defendant, barrister Jeffrey Jones said his client had begun to rebuild his life and had found a job working in the environmental industry.

He added: “His fuse was short and he felt provoked and angered by a tenant playing music.”

Mr Jones told the court how Moore had pleaded guilty at the very first opportunity.

Judge Niclas Parry told the defendant: “I accept you regret what happened but this was a prolonged and sustained assault.

“You punched a man who was on the floor and this offence is greatly aggravated that this took place in his own home.”

Moore was jailed for 10 months and ordered to pay a victim surcharge after his release from prison.