Brixham's James Salt jailed for hammer attack

James Salt
Image caption James Salt was a former aircraft engineer in the RAF

A former RAF engineer has been jailed for hitting a man with a hammer, causing a depressed skull fracture.

James Salt, 40, of New Road, Brixham, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Exeter Crown Court heard that Salt attacked David Mason after he went to the offender's house looking for his girlfriend.

Jailing Salt for eight years, Judge Francis Gilbert said the attack caused Mr Mason long-term health problems.

CCTV 'confession'

The court heard that Mr Mason had been punched and kicked to the ground by another man during a late night fight before Salt picked up a hammer and hit him once from behind.

Mr Mason spent two days in intensive care and was left with a depressed fracture of the skull and suffering from migraines and nightmares.

Judge Gilbert said: "You watched as your friend kicked and punched Mr Mason who then got up and walked away.

"As he did so you came up from behind, without him having any chance of seeing what you were doing, and you hit him on the head with a hammer."

The court was told that Salt was caught by police after he boasted about the attack while intimidating his neighbours, which was filmed on CCTV.

Mr Kevin Hopper, defending, said Salt left the RAF with an impeccable record but had suffered mental health problems since.

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