A man, who launched a frenzied attack on his uncle during a birthday party for his mother, has been jailed for seven years.
Darren Pountney, 25, used bottles and plates as weapons as he lashed out at Sean Harrington who he punched to the floor before stamping on his head, Ipswich Crown Court heard on Monday.
The incident, on August 25 last year, which took place in the kitchen of a house in The Street, Beck Row, resulted in Mr Harrington suffering numerous injuries including a deep, 10cm long abrasion close to his jugular vein.
Prosecuting, Robert Sadd, said: “It was no more than luck that vastly more serious injuries were not caused.”
He said the attack appeared to have been sparked by a comment made by Mr Harrington to Pountney and efforts by the victim to defend himself had been hampered by two female relatives who grabbed his arms in a bid to prevent the incident from escalating.
Pountney, of The Street, Beck Row, had been drinking and had taken drugs in the hours leading up to the attack, the court heard.
Witnesses had described Pountney as “frenzied” as he punched Mr Harrington and had used bottles and plates as weapons.
The attack had taken place while two children, aged eight and 11, were in the house, said Mr Sadd who added: “It was gratuitous violence.”
Pountney, who the court heard had previous convictions for offences including assaulting police, battery, and causing criminal damage, had pleaded guilty to wounding and affray in connection with the Beck Row incident.
Mitigating, Mark McDonald said the attack had not been premeditated. Pountney, he said, had a history of alcohol and drug misuse, arising from problems, including being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at a very early age.
“He really has felt bullied since early childhood due to issues with IQ,” he said.
The attack had followed a ‘squabble over nothing’ and had begun with his uncle prodding Pountney’s chest, although he accepted he had been wrong to react violently.
Recorder Gerard Pounder told him: “You flew off the handle, you reacted in a way that was completely out of proportion. You just lost it.”