A GANG of Romanian car wash workers who launched a drunken attack on a man in the street have each been jailed for 22 months and 14 days.

Marian-Laurentiu Badea, Alexandru Dinca, and George Ivan, had been thrown out of a town centre bar in the early hours when they laid into their victim in the street.

Badea, 23, Dinca, 26, and Ivan, 25, punched, kicked and stamped on Lewis Cuss as his girlfriend tried to protect him by laying on top of his prone body.

The three, who need an interpreter for the hearing at Swindon Crown Court, had been out with a group of other Romanians on Sunday September 3.

They had been in Boston Brothers when one of them tried dancing with the victim's girlfriend when he was not there and, after a minor altercation, were asked to leave.

A few minutes later Mr Cuss and Kelly Collins were ushered out of a back door and went to get some food from a nearby kebab shop on John Street.

But when they got there they saw the gang of men approaching and there was an exchange of words between them.

Footage from CCTV shows Miss Collins getting between Mr Cuss and the others as she tried to calm the argument down.

However her boyfriend leaned past her and slapped one of the Romanians to the face and they the three set upon him.

Badea waded in with the first punch and as the three men piled in to him Mr Cuss went to the ground.

Dinca and Ivan are both seen kicking and stamping on him as his girlfriend lay on top of his prone body while Badea continued to punch him as his mates put the boot in.

Security staff from a nearby bar came running across to stop the violence and the attackers fled before the police arrived on the scene.

When he was questioned Badea said that he could recall an incident inside the club and grappling with someone outside but had been drinking heavily.

Dinca refused to answer questions and Ivan said he could recall little of it before of the amount he had drunk.

Badea, of Broad Street, Dinca, of Curtis Street, and Ivan, of Broad Street, all admitted actual bodily harm.

Simon Cooper, for Badea, said that his client may have thrown the first punch after the slap but did land any kicks or stamps.

He said he came to the UK and worked at a car wash having a wife and three year old child at home who hoped to join him over here.

Daren Samat, for the other two, said they also worked at the car wash with Dinca in a management role and pointed out it was a chance meeting outside the club.

Jailing them Judge Tim Mousley QC said: "This was a sustained assault which continued when Mr Cuss was vulnerable on the ground and he was obviously outnumbered: it was group attack.

"It involved the use of shod feet and I am quire satisfied that each one of you shared an intention to cause more serious harm than you actually did."