A CONVICTED robber has admitted a drunken assault that saw him rain down punches and kicks on a man in Chippenham.

Ryan Steer, 21, had faced allegations of wounding with intent and common assault, with both assaults said to have been committed on November 23 last year.

On Thursday, the Chippenham man, formerly of Unity Street, appeared before Swindon Crown Court via video link from Bristol prison and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of causing grievous bodily harm as well as the common assault charge.

Judge Peter Crabtree heard he had been recalled on licence and was expected to remain in custody until September. The judge remanded Steer in custody to be sentenced on a date to be fixed.

In 2019, then aged 19 and living in Corsham, Steer was jailed for 27 months for a brutal robbery on a 16-year-old boy that was filmed by Steer’s friend.

The pair chased after the young victim before catching up and confronting him over a text they said he had sent to a younger girl.

The terrified boy took out his wallet and offered him money in a bid to get them to leave him alone.

Footage taken on a mobile phone showed the boy cowering back as Steer took £10 and then threw the wallet to the ground.

Off camera Steer then punched the boy in the face, leaving him with a broken nose, before the pair fled the scene. He later gloated to a passer-by about having punched his victim.

Judge Jason Taylor QC called Steer a bully when he sent him down two years ago for robbery and causing actual bodily harm.

He said: "I accept you were an immature 18-year-old and there was little planning here.

"I say this with the greatest of regret: the time has come for you to face up to the consequences of your actions and the need to grow up."