A MAN cheered and told a judge "you is the nicest guy I have ever met" after he was informed he had served his prison sentence and would be released.

At Bolton Crown Court Levi Todd appeared for sentence via a video link from Forest Bank prison, where he has been held since January 2.

Judge Timothy Stead heard how 36-year-old Todd was already subject to a community order for possessing am imitation air pistol when he assaulted a woman at her home on December 6 last year during an argument.

The victim went to hospital for treatment to a bruised chin and cut lip and police were called, who arrested Todd.

The woman was said to now feel paranoid and anxious after the incident.

"She says she feels betrayed by the defendant," said Harriet Tighe, prosecuting.

Todd, of Newby Road, Breightmet, pleaded guilty to assault.

Judge Timothy Stead sentenced him to three months in prison but, because of the time he has spent in jail on remand, told a delighted Todd that he would be free immediately.

Todd jumped up and down and cheered, thanking the judge.

Judge Stead added that he will be subject to a restraining order for three years banning him from contacting his victim or going to Withins Lane.

"That's sweet. All I want to do is go to my house," replied Todd.

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