A FATHER was sentenced to four years in prison for hitting a man with a vase and leaving him brain-damaged.
Aaron Eccleston, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, had denied assaulting dad-of-two Sean Ellis on August 15 last year in Brighouse.
The 24-year-old said he was acting in self defence, but a Bradford Crown Court jury found him guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent.
Yesterday, he was sentenced to four years in prison by Judge Recorder Mrs Anderson at Leeds Crown Court.
Judge Anderson said the offence had occurred in “unusual circumstances.”
She said the Ellis was drunk and outside Eccleston’s girlfriend’s house on Smith House Avenue in Brighouse causing trouble and shouting abuse at Eccleston.
Judge Anderson told Eccleston: “I agree that you didn’t go looking for trouble on that day.
“Trouble came to you, but you didn’t back off from that trouble.
“The victim had clearly had too much to drink and he was being abusive and evidence from a witness said that there was a two-way exchange.
“I accept that the abuse included some racial abuse and he was breaking the fence and throwing things around.
“But what you did then was totally out of order.
“It was totally disproportionate and the jury rejected your defence of self defence.”
The court heard how Eccleston had gone inside his girlfriend’s house, picked up a vase, and returned to hit Mr Ellis over the head with it.
Judge Anderson continued: “Everyone knows, or should know that it’s a dangerous thing to hit someone on the head with an object.”
Eccleston had previous convictions for drunk and disorderly and affray.
The attack left Mr Ellis with life-threatening injuries.
Judge Anderson said: “He had two serious operations on his head and his brain.
“Happily he is now back at home and can now walk and talk although he still has problems with his memory.
“That injury has had a real impact on his life and I cannot ignore that.”
Scott Mitchell, of Marion Street, pleaded guilty to affray for his part in the incident.
The 24-year-old was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for two years.
He was ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work and take part in a course on decision making.
Judge Anderson said: “That doesn’t mean that I don’t consider what you did to be very serious.”
Mitchell had seen Mr Ellis shouting at Eccleston outside his sister’s house and went to get a metal wrench to threaten him with.
The court was told the father-of-two had previous convictions for assault and racially threatening behaviour.
Judge Anderson continued: “I’m sentencing you for what you did and not what you might have done.
“What you did was bad enough.”