Man hit friend on head with hammer in tobacco row
A MAN hit a friend over the head with a hammer in a row over some missing tobacco at a New Year party, a court heard.
Luke Trembath, aged 22, struck the man once after producing the weapon from his hooded top in a premeditated attack.
Victim Daniel Coles, then aged 17, was left with a cut to his head near his hairline, Plymouth Crown Court heard. But a judge spared Trembath jail after hearing how the young father had behaved since the incident last year.
Handing him a suspended sentence, Paul Dunkels said: "You have done a great deal to change your life around in the last nine months."
Trembath, of Hawkinge Gardens, Ernesettle, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and possession of a hammer as an offensive weapon on December 31.
Alistair Verheijen, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Trembath confronted his friend Mr Coles at a house party in Barne Barton and struck him once with the hammer.
Nick Lewin, for Trembath, said at the time of the offence he was "drifting" and smoking far too much cannabis. But he added that he now had a building job on the city's incinerator and was looking forward to the birth of his second child in November.
Recorder Dunkels gave him an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was ordered to pay £520 towards prosecution costs and £500 compensation to the victim.