A 24-year-old has been spared jail after leaving a man with multiple skull fractures and hearing loss.

The victim Ian Goddard was attacked by Kyle Siddle on August 6 of last year in Ramsbottom, which left him with a number of injuries, meaning he was unable to do certain activities with his son.

Minshull Street Crown Court heard that Siddle had carried out the attack while under the influence of alcohol.

Recorder Joanne Woodward said: “Whether necessarily medically or not, he has had life-changing injuries in that, he has been deprived of the right to enjoy certain activities, including those a son would wish to do with his father.

“The incident occurred whilst you were under the influence of considerable amounts of alcohol, but of course that is the risk when consuming considerable levels of alcohol. But you are unable to assess the risk of your actions, and in deliberately drinking to that point you are culpable for those actions.”

Defending Gwyn Lewis asked that Siddle be given full credit for his guilty plea, and that the only “aggravating feature” was drinking.

She said: “He has no previous convictions.

“He is remorseful, and a young man and he no longer drinks like this.

“He says this was a terrible, terrible mistake, which could have been so much worse.”

Before sentencing Ms Woodward said: “I note that you were 22-years of age at the time, approaching your 23rd birthday and that your brain is unlikely to have fully developed, and you have remorse, and your otherwise good character, and no previous convictions.”

Siddle of Parklands, Haslingden, Rossendale, was given a six-month suspended sentence for 12 months, as well as having to pay a victim surcharge of £187, £650 in compensation, and 200 unpaid hours of work, and five rehabilitation days.

He was charged with grievous bodily harm to which he pleaded guilty.

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