A man who broke a friend’s arm in a “sustained attack” after a row has been jailed for two years.
Leeds Crown Court heard the complainant Richard Milnes had been staying at the Huddersfield flat of Richard Frost for some days and they had pooled money to buy drugs, but on May 25 Mr Milnes had returned from a visit to his mother without any money.
Jonathan Sharp prosecuting said Frost took exception to that suggesting he had enough to buy a drink and punched him from behind to the side of his face.
He then put him to the floor and repeatedly kicked and stamped on him breaking a bone in his right forearm and his dental plate before he was able to get out and call for help.
When the police arrived and arrested Frost he claimed Mr Milnes had arrived at the flat drunk and then had a fit during which he caused his own injuries. He said he had asked him to leave because he did not want to get blood in the flat.
The court was told in February Frost was given a community order with drug rehabilitation order for dishonesty when he said his heroin addiction was “out of control” and he stole items to sell for a fix.
Nigel Hamilton representing Frost said he was realistic about his sentence and believed custody would help rid him of his addiction. He had already received assistance towards that while on remand.
Frost, 32, of Bishop's Court, Berry Brow, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Judge James Spencer QC told him: “Your flatmate and you fell out over money for drugs and you sought thereafter to assault him.”
“As he was walking away you struck him, knocked him to the floor whereupon you kicked and stamped upon him so you broke the bone in his arm and caused him other significant injuries.”
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