A man who left a friend needing to have an eye removed after  repeatedly hitting him with a wheel brace has been locked up for 10 years.

Mohammed Jangeer, 38, attacked his victim Mohammed Razzaq following a ‘minor row’ after a night out together.

Mr Razzaq, 41, was left unconscious in the street after being repeatedly hit with the tool.

Jangeer then forced the wheel brace into his friend’s eye, causing horrific injuries, before walking off leaving his friend lying in the street.

Despite emergency surgery, the victim’s eye could not be saved and had to be removed in hospital.

The victim also suffered a fractured cheekbone.

Jangeer, of Tremellen Street, Accrington, pleaded guilty to section 18 wounding in November and was jailed for 10 years at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday.

Det Insp Mark Winstanley, from Blackburn CID, described Jangeer’s actions as ‘wicked’.

He said: “What he did was wicked. It’s a fairly horrific attack and a deliberate attack on the victim’s eye. He targeted his eye.

“The victim has been left with life-changing injuries. He was left unconscious on the floor.

“Jangeer showed no compassion for his friend and fled the scene without calling for medical assistance.”

He added: “From what we understand it was a relatively minor argument that has blown out of all proportion.

“And someone has received life-changing injuries. It’s astonishing.

“It’s a substantial but appropriate sentence.”

Jangeer had been driving Mr Razzaq to his Blackburn home when an argument broke out.

Jangeer followed Mr Razzaq who had tried to walk away after the car  pulled over on Longton Street, Blackburn, at around 3am on April 26 last year.

The pair exchanged blows before Jangeer returned to his car to get the wheel brace.

He then headbutted the victim and repeatedly hit him with the wheel brace until he lost consciousness.