A Corby man pushed a work colleague into a van when they had an argument, causing him serious head injuries which have changed his entire life.
Daniel Montgomery, 28, of Holyrood Walk, appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday where he was jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to GBH.
The court was told Montgomery and the victim had been working together a few weeks at Corby firm Gefco in February last year when they had a disagreement which led to Montgomery pushing over the victim, knocking him unconscious in the process.
The victim gradually began to feel more unwell and weeks later was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery to relieve a subdural haematoma on his brain.
He eventually spent two weeks in hospital, including time in intensive care.
Prosecution barrister Lynsey Knott said the victim would have to take anti-seizure medication for the rest of his life as a result of the push, and he was also undergoing counselling because he was anxious about his appearance – the operation having left a 10-inch scar on his head.
She added: “He has also lost his driving licence, having always worked as a driver.
“In his victim impact statement he says, ‘Everyone has moved on from this but to me it is like it happened yesterday’.”
Maxine Krone, mitigating, said Montgomery had not initially believed he could have caused such serious injuries from a single push.
She added: “My client lives with his father. He has a four-year-old daughter who has Down’s Syndrome and he helps his ex-partner by looking after their daughter at weekends while she works.”
Recorder Adrian Redgrave QC said Montgomery’s single push had had devastating consequences for the victim, including life-changing brain injuries and a disfiguring scar.
Jailing Montgomery for eight months, he added: “The victim will need to take medication for the rest of his life and will never drive again.
“The sentence takes into account that this was a single push.”