A local man was sentenced to seven days in jail for punching a man in the face in November 2012.

Ivan Howard Holmes pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm in a Merritt provincial courtroom on July 30 for the incident. Court heard the 48-year-old pounded on the fire escape door to a room at the Adelphi Hotel, eventually breaking it down and punching the victim in the face.

Crown counsel Tim Livingston said the victim had black eyes, a swollen nose and a lump by the ear, which he called in the “low end” of bodily harm but not “trifling.”

Crown recommended a sentence of seven days in jail to be served intermittently on weekends so as not to interfere with Holmes’ full-time job as a mechanic. The judge followed the Crown’s recommendation but added the sentence seemed light given the nature of the offence and Holmes’ record.

One day for broken-down door

Holmes also pleaded guilty to one count of mischief under $5,000 for damage to the door at the hotel. He was sentenced to one day in jail, to be served concurrently, on that charge. He was also ordered to pay $250 in restitution to the victim, who had covered the cost of the damaged door.

The mischief charge also netted Holmes six months of probation.

Holmes told court he should have had more restraint and shouldn’t have committed the assault.

He began serving his sentence at the Merritt RCMP detachment cells on Friday.