A man was left with broken bones following an assault in the early hours of the morning.

Elton Wilkinson suffered breaks to his leg and ribs as week as bruising all over the rest of his body when he was attacked by Lewis Heatley Khan.

Mr Wilkinson was woken at around 1am on July 17, 2022 to noise from the street outside his home.

He saw Heatley Khan, 32, in a confrontation with two women – one was being assaulted while the other was trying to pull Heatley Khan away.

Prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, Paul Cummings said when Heatley Khan realised Mr Wilkinson was stood there, he adopted a “fighting stance” and kicked him, causing him to fall to the floor.

Mr Cummings said: “The defendant then started to punch him to his head, face, and ribs as he lay on the ground. He was also bitten to the forearm and stamped on.

“Officers arrived and could see the defendant was flailing about on the ground.

"One officer was kicked while trying to arrest the defendant.”

Heatley Khan has two previous convictions, one of relevance being a common assault in 2015.

His defence barrister, Clare Ashcroft, acknowledged the offence crossed the custody threshold.

Sentencing, Judge Simon Medland said: “There is much good to be said about you as a person and about your conduct once brought to court, because you are lightly convicted other than this.

"The only matter of remote relevance is eight years ago.

“When this matter came to Crown Court you pleaded guilty to the principal offence right at the start.

“This sort of conduct is completely unacceptable and because of that I take the view I must impose a prison sentence.”

Heatley Khan, of Oakeneaves Avenue, Rawtenstall, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and a section 4 public order offence. Two other counts were ordered to lie on file.

He was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for two years, 150 hours of unpaid work, and 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days.