A Preston man has been jailed for six years for punching and throttling his friend following a drunken argument.
Rory Williams, 35, of Frenchwood Knoll, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm at Preston Crown Court.
Williams was with his 48-year-old friend in the London Road running track area of Preston when a row broke out in June last year, the court heard.
They had been drinking and after a verbal argument Williams punched his friend, leaving him unconscious, before further assaulting him for around about 40 seconds.
He then slapped his friend across the face before throwing him to the ground.
The man received serious injuries and spent months recovering in Royal Preston Hospital. The court heard he continues to have neurological problems, with difficulties with hearing, sight and balance.
DC Ian Best, of Preston CID, said: “I am pleased with the sentence handed down to William. This was a completely unnecessary incident which came about as a result of a drunken fallout between two friends. As a result, a 48-year-old man has been left with life changing injuries and his elderly parents are having to cope with his rehabilitation.”