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(From The Northern Echo)
Byline: Neil Hunter
A MAN who repeatedly smashed a claw hammer into the head of a friend after a drunken argument was last night starting a three-year prison sentence.
Alcoholic John Carling left Paul Goudie with gaping wounds in his skull after the attack at the home of a mutual friend in Brompton-onSwale.
Teesside Crown Court heard that the background to the altercation was a row about a broken window at the home of their friend, Jeanette Daniels.
On November 28 last year, Carling left the living room and returned with the heavy tool which he used to strike Mr Goudie a number of times.
The court heard …