Attack victim returns home

VICTIM: Iain Eldridge, 35.

VICTIM: Iain Eldridge, 35.

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A FATHER-of-two left in a coma following an altercation at New Year’s has returned home as a thug has admitted carrying out the attack.

Iain Eldridge, 35, was fighting for his life in hospital with serious brain injuries after the attack in the early hours of January 1.

Paul Oakden, 21, appeared in the dock at Doncaster Crown Court this week and pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on the Auckley dad who was celebrating the New Year in Bawtry with his girlfriend in The Penny Farthing pub.

Mr Eldridge, a gas engineer, spent several weeks in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, receiving treatment before being transferred to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

A police spokesman said: “Mr Eldridge is now at home and is progressing well, however it is a long recovery process he will have to undergo, requiring further operations and the long term prognosis is unknown.”

Oakden, whose usual address is Kingswood Close, Bawtry, indicted his plea at an earlier hearing.

His defence team said he intervened because he “saw a lady upset”, however accepted he did not feel threatened by Mr Elridge.

A defence request for a pre-sentence report was granted by the judge. The case has been adjourned until May 21.

Oakden has been granted bail with conditions which include living in Scawsby and not going out between 7pm and 7am.