A MAN has been jailed for a one-punch attack which left his victim with dreadful head injuries.
Allan David Lancaster lashed out at Kieran Fyfe in the garden of a mutual friend’s Brampton address, on September 29, 2017.
Carlisle Crown Court heard of 22-year-old Lancaster’s “resentment” towards Mr Fyfe, who had chosen to be friends with the defendant’s ex-partner and not him. In the garden, Lancaster grabbed Mr Fyfe by the neck and pushed him against a fence before taking rings off his fingers and punching him once.
Only after constant vomiting the following day did the seriousness of Mr Fyfe’s injuries become apparent. He was rushed to hospital having suffered a fractured skull, and underwent immediate surgery and a craniotomy after a CT scan revealed bruising on the brain.
He was later discharged from hospital but had behavioural differences and difficulties. Although a scar remained, a judge said it was hoped Mr Fyfe would recover and there would be no long-term consequences, and that he would be able to resume his lifestyle.
Lancaster admitted causing Mr Fyfe grievous bodily harm, and was jailed for 27 months this afternoon (MON). Karen Tunnacliffe, defending, said: “There was no intent to cause the dreadful injuries.”
Passing sentence, Judge Peter Davies told Lancaster, of Stanley Road, Brampton: “Not only was that a serious injury, the concern and worry and intense treatment that he needed immediately afterwards shows how serious what you did to him was.”