A HOLIDAY park guest punched his partner's brother in the head twice before breaking a caravan window and then driving around the site 'like a maniac' whilst intoxicated, a court heard.

Nathan Donaldson, aged 34, punched a man in the forehead twice and caused £1,500 of criminal damage at Weymouth Bay Holiday Park on Preston Road on June 8, last year.

Prosecuting, Andrew Newman, told the Weymouth Magistrates Court that Donaldson, of Windermere Avenue, Southampton, was at the holiday park with around 20 other associates, many of whom were friends and family, when he got into an altercation with his partner. His partner's brother was said to have seen Donaldson in an 'agitated state' and decided to take him for a walk to 'calm him down'.

Mr Newman said that as soon as the men walked out from the caravan onto the grass Donaldson immediately punched the man in the forehead twice.

Donaldson's keys had been taken from him earlier that day after concerns were raised about him driving around the site whilst intoxicated.

The defendant started to demand his keys and phone back and attempted to punch the man a third time, but missed.

Donaldson obtained his keys and left before returning to the locked door of the caravan and demanding his clothes and possessions.

The defendant was said to have smashed the window of the caravan leaving 'glass everywhere' before driving off in a car and leaving, breaking an exit barrier which was lowered.

Mr Newman read out a statement from a security guard at the holiday park who said a man was seen 'driving around like a maniac' at around 10.20pm that night and said a colleague of his saw the man drive straight through the barrier.

The security guard estimated that the damage caused to the window of the caravan cost around £500, whilst the damage to the barrier cost around £1,000.

Donaldson pleaded guilty to one charge of assault by beating and one charge of criminal damage on November 10 last year.

He appeared in court unrepresented. Donaldson told the bench that he had a serious alcohol problem for five to six years, but had not drunk since August 3, 2021.

He said: “I have quite a bit of regret from that night.”

Chair of the bench, Robert Ford, congratulated the defendant on the steps he had taken to address his drinking problem and issued him a 12-month community order.

Donaldson was ordered to undertake 10 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days and to pay £1,500 in compensation to Weymouth Bay Holiday Park.