A punch led to clot on brain

Adam Agar
Adam Agar

A MAN has been jailed for two years after a single punch left his victim on a life support machine with bleeding to the brain.

New dad Adam Agar, 20, of Park Street, Wombwell committed the assault last August while electronically tagged and subject to a conditional discharge.

Sheffield Crown Court heard how Agar’s victim, salesman Jeffrey Newton was placed on a life support machine at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital following the ‘unprovoked attack’ in Church Street, Wombwell at about 1.35am on August 6.

Mr Newton recovered but may still suffer communication difficulties as a result of a blood clot that gathered in his brain, prosecutor Neil Coxon told the court.

Agar accepted he had drunk up to nine pints of lager and several shots of sambuca on the night in question. He saw the complainant with two girls, one of whom was Agar’s friend’s girlfriend. They were arguing and Mr Newton was witnessed trying to break them up. Agar’s “wild” and forceful punch was, he said, a “little warning” to Newton.

The unconscious man was taken first to Barnsley Hospital where a CT scan revealed he had bleeding to the brain.

Ian Goldsack, defending, said that Agar in his drunken state could have misjudged the situation, adding that the then 19-year old had become a father within the last five months.

He had supported the child’s mother through post-natal depression and had recently moved from their shared home to ‘give her some space’ the court heard.

Agar pleaded guilty to the charge of GBH.

A woman wailed in the public gallery as Judge Roger Keen QC told him: “It is a very sad day for your family but what you did resulted in very sad days for the victim.”