HEROIC father Amgad Ahmed has spoken of the moment he tackled a burglar to the ground and sat on him while his family slept upstairs.
He has been praised by a judge and given a cash reward for his bravery in "frightening circumstances" after he overpowered intruder Brian Wing when he crept into his Overbury Road home through an unlocked patio door.
Amgad, who is a six foot, 12 stone bouncer, was sleeping on his sofa when he was woken by torchlight.
He leapt up and grappled the larger man to the ground, fending off blows to his head.
Snatching away the torch, he then used it to hit Wing and then held him until police arrived.
He said: "He was very strong but I managed to pin his arms and call for my partner to ring the police."
He said the incident was "terrifying" for his family and is angry his assailant has escaped jail.
Wing, who had been drinking before the attack, has been given a 12 month prison sentence. It was suspended for two years, meaning he will not go to jail unless he commits another crime.
Amgad said: "It's not good enough for attacking someone in their house."
Following the struggle on March 9, unemployed Wing, of Chester Road, Gloucester, needed 17 staples to cuts in his head.
Amgad, whose day job is as an aircraft engineer for RGV Aviation at Gloucestershire Airport, said he had "no regrets" about injuring Wing and said he dreads to think what could have happened if he had instead broken into a pensioner's home.
He was also left with injuries – to his face – and his partner was so badly shaken they have had to move into a new home with their three-year-old son.
He said: "I would never wish it on my worst enemy because it was really scary."
On Friday a judge at Gloucester Crown Court commended Mr Ahmed for his bravery and rewarded him with £300 from the High Sheriff's fund.
Sentencing Wing, Judge William Hart told him he had "bitten off more than he could chew".
Wing, who had admitted burglary, was given a suspended sentence, a 12-months supervision order, and a six-month alcohol treatment requirement.