Belfast man Christopher Mark Mitchell who left best friend in coma begins prison term
A north Belfast man who left his best friend in a coma after beating him while high on drugs started a six-month stint behind bars yesterday.
Christopher Mark Mitchell (28) was handed a 16-month sentence at Belfast Crown Court after he admitted causing grievous bodily harm to his friend and assaulting a police officer last June. He will serve six months in jail, followed by 10 months out on licence.
Mitchell, from Shore Crescent, and his best friend had been celebrating a birthday in his flat on June 24 last year but became involved in "bickering" about a past incident.
At one point, Mitchell picked his friend up by the throat and threw him against a wall. He also punched him, causing his head to hit a wall. The victim sustained a bleed on the brain and was left in a coma in hospital.
During police interview, Mitchell confessed to taking a large amount of alcohol and speed.
While being arrested and handcuffed, an "aggressive" Mitchell also spat at police.