A MAN left his “best friend” with a fractured jaw following a beer-fuelled attack.

Kyran Hambling left one of his closest friends in immense pain after punching him repeatedly, a court heard.

Prosecution barrister, Lucy Conroy, said surgeons needed to put metal plates in place to fix the man’s lower jaw.

She read out a victim personal statement which said how he felt betrayed and has issues trusting people following the vicious attack.

Kyran Hambling

Kyran Hambling

Ms Conroy told Southampton Crown Court how Hambling, 25, had falsely believed his friend had stolen his “blue Nike man bag” containing £23 from his flat in Hythe.

The two had known each other between 18 months and two years - with the victim describing Hambling as his “best mate”.

However, when the victim went to help find the bag, Hambling “threw both fists towards him about 12 times”, said Ms Conroy.

On the day of the attack, the two had spent the afternoon drinking lager at the defendant’s flat and then on Hythe promenade.

Barry Beardall appeared via live link at Southampton Crown Court

She added, that Hambling, of Andrew Lane, Ashley, New Milton, “has a habit of misplacing things when he had been drinking”.

He later sent his victim messages including, “Sorry my bro. My bad. My mistake. Loves you.” and “I am sorry I was being out of order.”

He was charged with a single count of GHB following the attack on June 21, 2019 - to which he previously pleaded guilty.

Hambling has an extensive criminal record with 27 convictions to 48 offences.

Ms Conroy said: “Of these offences, five of them are for offences against the person.”

He also has a conviction for indecently exposing himself.

Defending, Rose Burns, said “Mr Hambling is a changed man”, she stressed he had turned his life around having made “real progress”.

The defendant was said to have been suffering from paranoia and was taking alcohol and drugs during that time in his life.

Ms Burns added: “He is extremely sorry”.

Judge Nicholas Rowland jailed him for 15 months.