A MAN has been jailed after he smashed his twin brother’s eye socket in a drunken fight.
Police had been called twice in one night to disturbances at the twins’ Hartlepool home before Christopher Ward, 36, smashed a pint glass into his brother Mark’s face.
Police arrived to find Ward crying and sobbing “he’s upstairs dying”, Teesside Crown Court was told.
Mark Ward suffered serious face injuries including a fractured right eye socket which needed surgery to insert a metal plate.
A broken pint glass was found on the floor in the flat.
Paul Newcombe, prosecuting, said both twins had a history of drunken violence and Mark Ward later refused to co-operate in the court case.
Christopher Ward told police he could not remember anything.
Paul Cleasby, mitigating, said Christopher Ward had been a missionary in the community but he had sunk back into drunkenness after the death of his newborn son.
Alcohol also led to the breakdown of his marriage and he ended up in a hostel before finding private accommodation and inviting his brother to share.
Mark Ward said he had forgiven his brother in a letter to the judge and asked him to be lenient.
Christopher Ward, of York Road, Hartlepool, was jailed for 20 months after he admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on August 28 last year.
Judge Howard Crowson said: “It might have resulted in your brother’s death. That said, your brother is a very forgiving man but my duty is to pass a fair and reasonable sentence.
“What is clear is that you are a man perfectly capable of behaving better.”