A THUG who subjected a party guest to nearly two hours of physical abuse over a stolen wrap of cocaine has been sentenced to 33 months in prison.

Carl Wood, 27, of Second Avenue, Canvey, and Joe Hannaford, 20, carried out the attack in Wood’s home on October 5, 2015, during a drug-fuelled party.

However, Hannaford was spared jail after a judge heard he failed his driving test moments before the hearing while Wood will be out in three months having served 13 months on remand.

The assault began in the early hours of the morning when Hannaford, of Landseer Avenue, Manor Park, punched the victim in the face, followed by Wood.

He was then kicked and punched, beaten with a baseball bat and threatened with a hot iron during what prosecutor Lucy Ginsberg called a “sustained and repeated assault” over nearly two hours.

While on bail, Wood was found with bank cards stolen during a burglary. He also admitted cultivating cannabis after seven plants were found in his home.

Wood was jailed for 18 months for the assault, 12 months for breaching a suspended sentence and three months for handling stolen goods.

He was given a three month concurrent sentence for the cannabis.

Richard Jones, mitigating for Hannaford, said his client had taken a driving test in the morning in a bid to “better himself” - even though it made him late for court.

He said: “It might be unusual for somebody to do that but perhaps it’s a good thing because it shows his motivation in life is to improve his lot and become a positive member of society.

“Sadly, he failed the test.”

Judge Ian Graham said given Wood’s previous convictions for drugs and violence, a custodial sentence was “inevitable”.

But because Hannaford has just one conviction as a youth, a suspended sentence was appropriate.

He said: “You have a good working history and I’m told you are in work now and even took your driving test this morning, knowing you were coming here this afternoon.”

Hannaford was given an 18 month sentence, suspended for 18 months. He must complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,000 costs.