AN "angry and aggressive" man who left his victim with a fractured skull and bleed on the brain after an attack in a pub car park has been jailed for 16 months.

Haydan Clarke, 27, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court after admitting inflicting grievous bodily harm following the incident at the Dorset Soldier pub.

Clarke, of Wyatts Lane, Corfe Mullen had been with friends at the Wareham Road pub on Saturday July 7 when his group had become involved in a dispute with a group of older men.

Clarke’s group left at around 8.30pm but he returned to the pub about an hour later, claiming he had forgotten his glasses. He was said to be angry and aggressive when he entered the premises.

One of the group of older men escorted him out of the pub and into the car park. The victim, a man aged in his 50s, was attempting to calm Clarke down when the defendant swung a punch at him, connecting with the victim’s head.

The victim fell backwards and hit his head on a parked car before then hitting it on the concrete ground.

He required hospital treatment for a bleed to the brain and a fractured skull.

Clarke handed himself in at Bournemouth police station the following day and was arrested.

Detective Constable Andy Hale, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This assault by Haydan Clarke left his victim with nasty injuries that forced him to take an extended period off work.

“We will not tolerate violent offences of this nature and I would like to thank the victim and all the witnesses who supported this case.”