A man was left with his jaw broken in two places and only able to drink through a straw after an unprovoked attack in a Chorley bar.
His attacker, Adam Lewis, 22, has not offered any explanation as to why he cornered the man in the toilets of The George and knocked him to the ground, saying “I owe you this.”
Lewis, of Duke Street, Chorley, has been jailed for four and a half years and branded a dangerous offender - although he is already serving a prison sentence for a violent robbery in 2011 and will not be released until 2019 at the earliest.
Preston Crown Court heard on January 17, Lewis and his victim were both drinking in the pub.
The men knew each other but were neither friends nor enemies.
But when the victim went to use the toilet he was attacked by Lewis, raining two hard blows to the side of his face and knocking him to the ground.
The victim was taken to Chorley Hospital by ambulance but had to be transferred to Royal Preston where he underwent four operations to repair his shattered jaw.
He had a metal plate inserted into his jaw but this began to protrude and he had to have further surgery.
In a victim impact statement the man said he suffered nerve damage and had recently started a new job. He had hoped to make progress in his career but his sporadic attendance was holding him back.
He said: “My biggest worry is what happens when Lewis gets out? I know he has a violent past and has been to prison but that didn’t deter him from attacking me. What will he do when he gets out?”
Lewis pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and was recalled to prison.