Jail for Blackburn attacker

Monday, September 27, 2021

A man has been jailed after leaving his victim with life-changing injuries following a serious assault in Blackburn. 

Just after 4.30pm on April 26, this year, defendant Brendan Duff was picked up by CCTV operators in Blackburn town centre assaulting a man in Clayton Street, close to the Salvation Hostel.

Duff struck his 35-year-old victim to the face, before walking away. A minute later, Duff returned to the scene before squaring up to his victim. After a grapple, Duff unloaded a series of punches at the victim. One of those punches connected with the side of the victim’s head – in the exact area where he is missing part of his skull as a result of an unrelated previous attack.

As a result, he fell to the pavement and was knocked unconscious.

The man, who had been out socialising with friends, was taken to hospital with a serious and life-changing head injury. He continues to receive medical care.

Duff, 30, was arrested later the same day and subsequently charged with GBH with intent.

Duff, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to GBH without intent, and was sentenced to three years in custody when he appeared before a Judge at Preston Crown Court on Thursday (September 23).

DI John McNamara, of Blackburn CID, said: “This was a shocking and cowardly attack on a man who Duff knew had a pre-existing head injury. Duff’s actions have resulted in a man suffering life-altering injuries. My thoughts remain with the victim and his loved ones at this time.

“I would like to praise the efforts of my colleagues for their professionalism which has resulted in this conviction.”

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