Prison for attacker

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THE victim of a violent assault in Brixworth spent three weeks in hospital after he suffered a fractured skull and bleeding to the brain.

David Aley, 21, told friends how he assaulted the 39-year-old victim after they had both spent the day drinking at the Hollowell Steam Rally on Saturday, July 2, last year.

He had been drinking and taking cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy before the attack.

Claire Howell, prosecuting at Northampton Crown Court, said the victim joined Aley’s group in The Red Lion in Brixworth before they went back to a garage to continue drinking.

When they got into an argument about drugs and the victim took a swing at Aley, he was punched to the ground and Aley walked away bragging about it.

Miss Howell said Colin Dobson found the victim lying in Northampton Road, Brixworth at 12.30am on July 3.

Aley, now of Birchdale Gardens, Romford, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm as well as breaching a 36-week sentence, suspended for two years for actual bodily harm. Recorder William Harbage QC sentenced him to 21 months’ imprisonment with three months consecutive for breaching the suspended sentence.