A VIOLENT thug who stamped on his man’s head in a terrifying and unprovoked attack has been jailed for eight years.

Timothy Aherne, aged 33, fractured his victim’s jaw and left him with “multiple” injuries to his face.

He was found guilty, following a four-day trial, of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and was jailed yesterday.

The incident happened at about 7pm on April 12 last year when the 32-year-old victim and his two friends were on their way to one of their homes in Longfield Road, Bolton.

As they got out of the taxi they saw Aherne, who invited them into his flat for a drink.

In an unprovoked attack, Aherne, of St Helens Road, punched the man three times in the head, pushed him to the ground and stamped on his head repeatedly.

Aherne threatened to kill his victim and continued to stamp on his head until one of the other men managed to drag him off.

He was pushed out of the back door and they watched him walk back to his flat.

Det Con Stuart Round, from Bolton CID, said: “Aherne subjected his victim to a totally unprovoked, sustained attack, which left him with a fractured jaw and multiple injuries to his face.

“This kind of violence will not be tolerated and this sentence reflects that, if you resort to serious violence, then you are likely to spend a considerable time in prison.”