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Jail for man in Christmas Day hammer attack.

A MAN who smashed another man's jaw with a claw hammer in an unprovoked Christmas Day attack was jailed.

Christopher Bates, 30, launched the vicious and sustained attack on David Grundy as they passed on West Derby Road.

Liverpool crown court heard drunken Bates turned on Mr Grundy because he thought he had been "looking at him".

When police arrived and arrested Bates, who had two previous convictions for robbery, they found a black-handled claw hammer.

But Bates denied the offence, claiming it was a case of "mistaken identity".

Jurors rejected his story and convicted him causing grievous bodily harm.

DavidWatson, prosecuting, said Bates had a conviction for assaulting his former boss after being sacked.

Claire Jones, defending, said Bates had now admitted the attack.

She said: "It would appear alcohol played a large part in this incident."

Judge Mark Brown jailed Bates for 27 months.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 22, 2010
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