A Manchester man who battered his friend repeatedly round the head with a hammer was sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison today for attempted murder.
Paul Power, 37, of Graver Lane, attacked his 2–year-old friend after inviting him to his Newton Heath flat on May 27 following a night out in Manchester.
Power pleaded guilty to the attack in which the victim was hit around ten times in the head with a claw hammer, suffering a fractured skull and permanent scarring to the face.
Mr Justice Lindblom presiding at Manchester Crown Court said: “This could have had a fatal result.”
He added that Power had taken a ‘cocktail of drugs and alcohol’ that evening and neither man could remember the incident which occurred at approximately 6am.
The victim had previously announced on Facebook that he was homosexual, something that Power had been supportive of, the prosecution claimed.
The night before Power had suggested he had homosexual tendencies himself and the two men kissed in the flat prompting Power to ‘panic’ that the victim would tell people, the court heard.
Justice Lindblom added: “This was an unprovoked attack and the victim was helpless.”
Power had a history of previous convictions with two in 2010 for battery.
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