A MAN who attacked a fellow customer at a Worcester pub in a jealous rage because he thought he was flirting with his girlfriend has been jailed for eight years.

Christopher Knowles, 30, left an imprint of his boot on the face of Phillip Gibbons during the fracas at the Albion, in Diglis Road, in November 2013.

A jury at Worcester Crown Court found Knowles, of Freemans Close, Twyning, Tewkesbury, guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Judge Richard Rundell described it as a "savage attack" carried out when Knowles had lost his temper.

His victim might have looked at his girlfriend but there was no justification for Knowles's anger.

He noted that Knowles was also on bail for another offence when he carried out the attack.

The judge said that when anyone visited a pub as a stranger, if they didn't like the music or the clientele they could leave.

But Knowles embarked on a course of conduct which had left Mr Gibbons with sleepless nights and enduring the worst six months of his life.

Jason Aris, defending, said Knowles had children and had found prison life hard when he had served a recent sentence.

But he appreciated he was the author of his own misfortune and had taken an alcohol awareness course in an attempt to solve his drink problem.

Mr Aris said the incident was not a pre-meditated attack. Knowles had seen the flirtation towards his girlfriend, lost his temper and just snapped.