A MAN carried out a claw hammer attack after going to a drug addict's home "mob handed."

It was initially thought that Lee Mason's victim had suffered a fractured skull in the violence. That proved not to be the case, but victim Shane Gaskin had a deep head wound.

His 33-year-old attacker was jailed for three years and nine months at Preston Crown Court.

Mason, of Hacking Street, Darwen, admitted wounding with intent and possessing a quarter of an ounce of cannabis.

The attack happened in Newton Street, Darwen, at the home of registered drug addicts Shane and Nicola Gaskin, on September 17.

Mark Stuart, defending, said his client knew that prison was bound to follow. He wanted to know his fate as soon as possible, but was not, by and large, a violent person.

Judge Andrew Blake said Mason had gone round to the home mob handed.

He told him: "This was a vicious attack. If you are not careful, in future if you commit a similar offence, due to legislation you could be in prison for life."