A STUDENT was left bleeding profusely from a head wound after he was hit by a fence post with nails in the end in a late-night attack in Burnley.

The town’s crown court heard how immature lout Tommy Foley, 19, had picked up the weapon and hurled it at innocent victim Samuel Swainton, 18, who has been walking home with his friend Daniel Walsh towards Kierby Walk last October 7.

Mr Walsh, 19, who had done nothing wrong either, tried to restrain Foley, but was punched and given a bust lip. Mr Swainton needed hospital treatment. The hearing heard the defendant, who had been drinking, had been looking for trouble and had become abusive.

Foley, of Kay Street, Brierfield, admitted wounding, possessing an offensive weapon and common assault. He was also resentenced for a supervision order he had flouted, which had been imposed for battery and breaching an anti-social behaviour order and which the judge revoked.

The defendant was locked up for 16 months.

The hearing was told Foley had 20 offences on his record.