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A Folkestone man was left with three broken bones after an unprovoked attack from one of his lodgers.
Victim Mark Bushell, 54, was left nursing a broken eye socket, nose and cheek during the sustained attack in February.
During the beating, in which Connor Patterson used a broken towel rail and his foot as weapons, Mr Bushell feared he was going to die.
He was screaming he was going to kill Mr Bushell and was holding a wooden towel rail, “ she added.
The victim then pleaded with Patterson not to kill him but was struck twice over the head with the piece of wood – before again stopping and apologising for the attack.
“Patterson broke the lock and came hurtling in, knocking Mr Bushell into the bath and continued punching" - Kate Ryle
James Howard, defending, said the incident was “quite bizarre” and Patterson, who comes from Dover, couldn’t explain his behaviour.
He said that Patterson was aware that Mr Bushell was “sexually attracted” towards him and because they often went out together were perceived as a couple.
“They were seen regularly together and he thinks that the reason he became so angry may have been triggered by this underlying flickering of the curtain whenever they went out together.
“He is extremely ashamed for what he has done and is extremely remorseful. He wants to meet Mr Bushell and apologise.
The judge ordered Patterson to stay away from Mr Bushell and his home for five years – unless the victim agrees to a meeting.
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