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Cotgrave: Man jailed after hammer attack leaves victim seriously injured

A violent offender who left a former work colleague with serious head injuries after attacking him with a hammer has been jailed.

Jordan Laird struck the victim with the weapon and then repeatedly kicked him in the face during a fight.

The victim was found lying in a residential street in Cotgrave, Rushcliffe, with a severe head wound, around 6.45pm on 1 March 2023.

It was later discovered he had suffered a bleed to the brain, fractured skull and had a visible footprint mark on his forehead from being kicked or stamped on.

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Thirty-two-year-old Laird, from Cotgrave, was jailed for three years and 10 months when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday 27 February.

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He had earlier pleaded guilty to committing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Laird and the victim had fallen out while working together a few months before the incident.

The victim had been bullied by Laird in the workplace and travelled to Cotgrave to meet him.

Laird armed himself with the hammer and travelled to the scene by bicycle. He was seen by a passer-by to throw the bike in some bushes before grabbing the victim from behind.

After a fist fight between the two, Laird was seen to swing the hammer four to five times at the victim’s head.

The final swing caused the victim to fall to the floor in the middle of the road before Laird was seen to repeatedly kick him to the face.

After police had been called to the scene, the victim was taken to hospital by paramedics where the full extent of his injuries were revealed.

Detectives were able to identify Laird as the offender after carrying out extensive local inquiries.

Detective Constable Chris Archer, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“This was an extremely violent attack which left the victim with severe head injuries.

“Laird armed himself with a hammer when he went to confront his former colleague.

“We know incidents of this nature can rapidly escalate when any weapon is involved.

“I hope the victim can continue his recovery from these injuries and move on from this incident.

“I also hope both he and members of the public in Cotgrave are comforted by the sentence handed down by the judge.”

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