A 38-year-old man has been jailed for two and a half years after attacking a couple with a brick and a wooden pole and throwing a bottle through their house window.

Sean Deeney was today sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on a video link to Leeds Prison after being remanded in custody for 15 months following his arrest and charge.

He was convicted by a jury after a trial in February of two offences of causing grievous bodily harm and an offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He pleaded guilty ahead of the trial to criminal damage at the address in Wyke, Bradford, on July 16 last year by throwing a bottle through a window.

Deeney, now of no fixed address, was living in the same street as his victims at the time the violence erupted, the court was told.

He had eight previous convictions for offences against the person but there was a big gap in his offending after 2011, prosecutor Brian Russell said.

Mr Russell said Deeney attacked a man with a brick when he went round to the family’s home. He then injured a woman with a wooden pole. Their daughter was also attacked.

The man suffered a broken jaw and one of the female victims sustained a broken nose.

Abigail Langford said in mitigation that Deeney had been held in custody since August, 2019. Conditions behind bars had been tough and restrictive during the months of the Covid-19 pandemic with no social visits allowed.

There had been a lengthy gap between his 2011 conviction and the offences in July last year.

Deeney had the support of his family and intended to move back to Manchester to make a fresh start when he was released from prison.

He had suffered a trauma in his personal life at the time he committed the offences.

The trial judge, Recorder Jeremy Hill-Baker, said the offences took place after Deeney lost his temper following a dispute with the family, who were at that time living on the same street as him.

He drove off but returned after an hour with weapons to cause injury.

Recorder Hill-Baker said there had been a significant delay while Deeney was held in prison awaiting sentence.

He also had to take into account legal guidance on jailing defendants during the Covid-19 pandemic when they were confined to the cells for up to 23 and a half hours a day.