Posted on Thursday 24 November 2022
A man who left his drinking partner unconscious following an unprovoked attack has been jailed.
Michael Kennedy had just met the victim inside a pub in Consett last June.
The pair spent a few hours drinking and then shortly before 1am decided to end their night and make their way home.
As they walked along Front street, Kennedy punched the victim causing him to fall to the ground.
The 61-year-old then continued to kick the victim in the head, fracturing his skull and causing a bleed on the brain.
Kennedy left the scene, leaving the victim unconscious while passers-by rang an ambulance and stayed with him until paramedics arrived.
Kennedy, from Consett, appeared at Durham Crown court this morning (November 24) and was handed a 4-year and 9-month custodial sentence.
The victim has now made a full recovery.
Detective Constable Christopher Bentham said: “This was a completely unprovoked attack which could have been catastrophic had the victim not pulled through.
“Kennedy showed no remorse leaving the victim completely alone and unconscious.
“I would like to thank the witnesses who remained at the scene and got the victim the help he needed; their actions may have ultimately saved his life."