A row about drunken and rowdy behaviour ended with a man being dragged over a fence and being beaten senseless.

Adam Hudson flew into a rage when his friends were confronted about their behaviour after waking a neighbour in the early hours of the morning.

Once the 30-year-old pulled the man into the garden he punched and stamped on his prone victim before inflicting a broken jaw on his victim with a flailing elbow.

The defendant sobbed throughout the hearing as he struggled to contain his emotions.

Teesside Crown Court heard how he initially admitted committing grievous bodily harm following the altercation in August 2019 before withdrawing his plea and taking the case to trial.

Hudson then changed his plea again mid-way through the trial and admitted responsibility for the devastating injury he caused while visiting a house in Ingleby Barwick.

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Tom Mitchell, prosecuting, said the attack was carried out while Hudson was heavily intoxicated and also involved the defendant attempting to strangle his victim.

He added: “This was a two-phase attack as the defendant chose to go back and continue doing what he was doing.”

The court heard how Hudson had a number of medical conditions but doctors ruled they played no part in the violent attack it was all down to his alcohol consumption.

Hudson, of Lancaster Way, Thornaby, was of previous good character before the violent incident three years ago.

Vincent Blake-Barnard, in mitigation, said his client was highly unlikely to trouble the courts again after being locked up since he pleaded guilty to the offence last week.

He said Hudson had shown remorse since the incident and urged the judge to spare him from immediate custody.

Judge Paul Watson QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, sentenced Hudson to 20 months in prison, suspended for two years as he told him his conditions were no excuse for his ‘tanked-up’ violent behaviour.

“The assault included a point where you grabbed him by the throat and he had to grab your testicles to get you to desist,” he said. “Fortunately, that was not very prolonged, in fact it was relatively short-lived, it is easy to see how this could have been worse.

“You were hopelessly intoxicated and when the police arrived you were abusive about him again.”

Hudson, who was also made subject to a six-month curfew between 9pm and 6am, after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and criminal damage.

After sentence, he told the judge: “I’m very, very sorry. I’m ashamed of myself. Thank you.”

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