A MAN who fractured a rival’s skull using a tin of custard hidden inside a sock has been jailed for 10 years.

Sam Harrison, 23, was arrested after an early-hours argument with a 34-year-old man – but returned the following morning to settle the argument.

He turned up at the victim's Huntingdon home on January 8, armed with the home-made weapon.

After arguing with the man's sister, he launched into a violent attack, striking him around the head with the crude weapon, knocking him unconscious.

The victim was taken to hospital with a fractured skull and was kept in for several days for treatment.

Harrison, of Aspen Green, Huntingdon, was arrested a few hours later.

He denied grievous bodily harm with intent but was convicted following a trial at Huntingdon Crown Court. He was jailed for 10 years at Cambridge Crown Court yesterday (Thursday).

Detective constable Andy Macdonald, who investigated, said: “This escalated from a minor scrap to a vicious, pre-planned assault which nearly cost the victim his life.

“Harrison had been detained for his own good the previous day, but, following his release, went after the victim to mete out his revenge.

“This case should send a clear message that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable and anyone who commits such acts of violence faces being locked up for a long time.”