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Dad punches love rival after being accused of affair with his girlfriend

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Horror video captures the moment a dad-of-one knocked down his "love rival" five times on the street in a brutal beating.

The savage brawl happened in Birkenhead, Merseyside on November 6 when jealous Adam Harvey wrongly thought Keith Baker had a relationship with his girlfriend and started a fight with him, a court heard.

Video played at Liverpool Crown Court shows the quick turnaround when 32-year-old Baker felling Mr Harvey with a punch, then repeatedly hitting him while the man shouts: "He's knocked out mate, he's knocked out, no more."

Mr Harvey, in a red jacket, appears to be knocked out unconscious and Baker sends him a knee slam in the head, and shouts: "Get your head together and f*** off."

The cameraman can be heard to say "that was over short and sweet that Keith lad," but Mr Harvey returns to his feet, approaches Baker, and is punched to the ground again, the Liverpool Echo reports.

"Laid him out again", the man in the background adds but Mr Harvey starts to get up and is kicked down by Baker, who tells him to "f*** off", but Mr Harvey again rises and approaches him.

However, Baker then punches him in the head twice and Mr Harvey again falls, this time against a wall.

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He then returns and throws more punches as Mr Harvey swings back before Baker knees him in the head and kicks him after he falls to the ground.

Joshua Sanderson-Kirk, prosecuting, said: "You can see blood coming from the victim's eye.

"It's fair to say also the victim is not on board with the prosecution, hence the charge of affray, but you have some serious and substantial violence, repeated punches, and also kicks to the head."

Baker, of Highfield Road, Rock Ferry, admitted affray. He has 24 previous convictions for 46 offences.

The judge, Recorder Stan Reiz, QC, said: "No doubt out of serious concern for Mr Harvey, who was getting a savage beating."

Paul Davison, defending, said Baker had been living at his cousin's home with his 13-year-old son, who was present when Mr Harvey came looking for a fight.

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Mr Davison said: "Mr Harvey was under the mistaken belief that the defendant had a relationship with Mr Harvey's partner."

Urging the judge to spare him jail, Mr Davison said delivery driver Baker was "clearly remorseful" and cares for his son, who lives with Baker, his mum and his mum's partner.

He argued there was provocation and said Baker returned to Mr Harvey during the fight because he kept getting to his feet.

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The judge said the victim was bleeding, but there was no evidence to prove he suffered serious physical injuries.

Recorder Reiz said: "I accept there was a degree of provocation from Mr Harvey who instigated this incident.

"However, your reaction in repeatedly striking him was out of all proportion."

Jailing him for 10 months, he told Baker: "The incident was shocking and your violent conduct inexcusable."

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