Facebook hacking prompted violent attack on woman
ANGER over Facebook hacking led Stephen Smith to beat a woman and attempt to steal her computer.
The 44-year-old has been jailed for a year over the attack on Donna Green on February 1.
Gloucester Crown Court was told Ms Green had been logging into a woman's Facebook page to keep an eye on her because she was worried that the woman, a mother, was taking drugs.
Ms Green had just finished logging off when Smith, a friend of the woman, stormed into her Coney Hill home.
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Smith, of Juniper Avenue, Matson, denied attempted robbery, assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage, saying he acted in self-defence.
But a jury found him guilty of all charges in a trial this summer.
The court was told that during the attack, Smith punched Ms Green in the face and continued the attack while she was on the floor.
Ms Green was left with a black eye, swelling and a cut to her right eye.
Her front door and a glass picture frame were also broken by Smith.
The court was told Smith had been remanded in prison for the attack, but was mistakenly released from jail when he finished a separate custodial sentence for criminal damage in the meantime.
Sarah Jenkins, in mitigation, said the attack had started as a confrontation and ended with him attempting to remove the lap top. She said he had no intention of trying to rob Ms Green when he first went into her home.
She told the court Smith was using controlled substances at the time and his life was out of control, but he was putting it back on track.
Judge Michael Harrington told Smith: "You drove to Donna Green's flat in Coney Hill and you went in uninvited.
"There was then a violent incident that resulted in injuries to both of you.
"You assaulted her while she was sat at her computer.
"The jury rejected your argument that you were acting in self-defence.
"She was screaming for you to bring the computer back.
"Clearly this was a very serious incident and in all the circumstances, a prison sentence was inevitable."