A THUG who smashed a glass in his partner’s face after she ignored him in a pub has been spared jail so he can take care of his sick mother.

Trevor Adams, 47, of Shannon Close, Leigh, launched the sickening attack just minutes after his now former girlfriend Samantha Clarke walked into the Woodcutters Arms, in Eastwood Road, Leigh, on May 19.

CCTV played during the trial at Basildon Crown Court showed Miss Clarke arriving at about 5.30pm on Thursday, May 19, and blanking Adams - who was perched at the bar.

Caroline Milroy, prosecuting, said: “She didn’t pay any attention to him and went and sat at the top part of the bar.

“She was grabbed by Mr Adams, who said: ‘Enough of your b*******. You are not coming in here.’

“He then picked up a half-pint glass, threw the contents in her face, changed it into his right hand and smashed the glass in to her face.

“He then punched her to the right eye and hit her to the back of the head. She had to cower down to protect herself.

“She says that while this is happening he says: ‘Not so cocky now, are you?’”

The graphic pub CCTV footage showed Adams following up the glass attack with a volley of up to eight punches to the head with his right and left hands.

Miss Clarke was seen looking dazed as she stumbled around the pub with blood pouring from a wound around her right eye.

Ian Clift, mitigating, said the attack was a “short-lived incident” and “completely out of character.”

He said Adams has been unable to care for his terminally ill mother and his construction firm has also suffered because he has been in custody since the attack.

Adams, who was supported in court by 14 friends and family, admitted one count of unlawful wounding.

He has no previous convictions for violence and was last convicted of an offence 24 years ago.

Judge Ian Graham told the court he decided to spare Adams further time in jail because of the mitigating factors.

He said: “It’s by sheer good fortune for her and for you that she didn’t lose an eye as a result of this attack.”

Adams was handed a 12 month sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and pay £1,500 in compensation and £300 costs.