A man who struck a 60-year-old pub punter over the head with a baseball bat has been jailed for three years and four months in what a judge branded a “premeditated attack”.
Daniel Walsh, 35, of Clifton Green, Clifton, Preston, had been drinking in the Moor Park pub in Preston when he became involved in an argument with his victim, with whom he told police he had a grievance with, Preston’s Sessions House heard.
Prosecuting, Kristen McAteer told the court during the incident, on July 5 this year, Walsh returned to his home and got a baseball bat to use as a weapon.
He went back to the pub and went upstairs to confront his victim, hitting him over the head with the bat, and causing a serious cut to his head.
She said: “His victim said he was disgusted at what he did.
“The defendant accepts he was under the influence of alcohol.
“Clearly there was more than one blow with the bat and it is perhaps more good luck than good judgement that there were not more serious injuries.”
The court heard Walsh had no previous convictions for violence but had offences of drink driving and making off without payment on his record.
Defending, Martin Hackett said: “ This was not an offence that was planned days before. The court has seen CCTV evidence.
It doesn’t show the blow but it does show the length of the incident. It was over in one or two seconds.”
Recorder Peter Atherton said: “After a day of heavy drinking you decided to go home haven taken offence against the victim and got yourself a bat with which to exact some revenge on him for some grievance you had against him.
“There was a significant degree of premeditation.”
Walsh admitted wounding with intent and possession of a weapon.
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