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A man nearly lost his hand during a random machete attack outside a McDonald's in Warrington.
Jordan Hughes decided to take the terrifying blade to McDonald's before he almost amputated someone's hand - for no reason.
The 22-year-old went out in the middle of the night with the fearsome 40cm blade secreted down his trousers, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Following the horrific attack, the victim, Samuel Liggett, 20, needed 12 hours of surgery to reattach his left hand.
As well as offering no explanation for the crime Hughes also boasted about it on social media.
Just a short time after the attack Hughes posted a picture of himself spattered in blood on Snapchat - 'revelling' in what he had done.
Mr Liggett and his three friends went to the McDonald's in Winwick Road, Warrington, in the early hours of Saturday, March 7 this year.
Katy Appleton, prosecuting at Liverpool Crown Court, said Hughes stared at the group of two males and two females, before both parties left at around 3am.
As they walked on opposite sides of the road, he randomly shouted "shut the f*** up", then ran across the street.
Hughes pulled out the machete and slashed at Mr Liggett, who raised his arms to protect his face and neck.
Mr Liggett said what happened "was a blur" and that he was just "minding my own business, talking to my mates."
He said he may have told Hughes to "p*** off" and initially thought the machete in his hand was an umbrella.
Hughes started slashing with "overhead strikes" and the victim, whose "instinct kicked in", tried to disarm him.
However, after pushing Hughes away he "started to feel weird" and ran off, as Hughes initially chased after him.
Ms Appleton said: "He describes feeling a strange, warm trickle feeling, down his arm. It was when he got back to McDonald's and lifted up his fingerless gloves, that he saw the extent of the injuries and realised the gravity of the situation.
"He realised that his hand had been partially amputated at the wrist due to a large cut. He described the blood coming out and going everywhere and that 'I could feel the blood was physically coming out of myself'."
She said he told police: "As far as I was concerned, he was trying to kill me because you don't attack a person with a weapon not trying to kill them."
Mr Liggett said Hughes didn't say anything "it was just straight to attack" and told officers: "I'm guessing he intended to either horrifically scar me or kill me with it."
Witnesses described Hughes swinging up to four times and Mr Liggett also suffered a wound to his right wrist.
Ms Appleton said a medical report recorded "near total amputation of his left hand".
Doctors said he had since made "minimal progress", cannot extend his wrist, has minimal range of movement, and may be left with a "fixed flexion deformity."
"Worst case scenario" he will not be able to grip objects and may suffer clawing of his hand, while "best case scenario", after further surgery and months or years of rehabilitation, will have a 50% recovery.
Later that day at 12.50pm, police were called to reports of a large group of males fighting with weapons in the street outside Hughes' home in Calgarth Avenue, Bewsey.
Officers searched his property and found bloodstained clothing and bedding, but when arrested and interviewed, he said this was caused by him falling over and cutting his knee.
Hughes said he had been drinking Corona before going to McDonald's, but denied having a machete or being involved in any attack.
However, Mr Liggett's ex-girlfriend, came across a Snapchat story uploaded by Hughes.
Ms Appleton said: "This story was a picture of him, with blood splattered to his face, and he had quoted underneath it 'just got stabbed in the head LOL'.
"She described him as smirking in the picture. The next picture was of his leg which had a large gash to it."
She saved a conversation when she asked Hughes "were you actually stabbed" and he replied "yeah hahaha".
Mr Liggett and his friends picked out Hughes in an identity parade, but he again denied any wrongdoing and said he didn't remember the Snapchat post.
Hughes denied wounding with intent and possessing a bladed article in public, only to later plead guilty.
Mr Liggett, an IT worker, now finds simple tasks like picking up items difficult and cannot use a keyboard fully.
He told the court: "Over the weeks and months since I've been in constant agonising pain. I only have one hand with which to do things."
The victim now has to wear a painful splint over his left arm, cannot straighten his fingers, is on painkillers, struggles to sleep or concentrate, and has suffered "extreme levels of stress".
Hughes has no previous convictions, but received a caution for obstructing a police officer last June.
Jeremy Rawson, defending, said he was "a rather unremarkable man who has done something which is really out of character".
The lawyer said Hughes was a single dad-of-one, who had "fairly limited contact" with his child.
He said: "He's drifted since he's left school, there's never been steady employment of any kind, he's been very much a solitary individual."
Mr Rawson told the court: "He's suffered in custody, he's an uncommunicative and I suppose shy individual.
"The most he could give in terms of his feelings as far as the offences are concerned is that he feels bad about what he has done."
He added: "He is sorry for what happened and wishes he could turn the clock back."
Judge Gary Woodhall rejected the suggestion Hughes was remorseful and said he targeted Mr Liggett "for no discernable reason".(Image: Liverpool Echo)
He said the attack left the victim in constant pain and with "extreme stress", which Mr Liggett described as "out of control".
Judge Woodhall said: "As he says, everything I enjoy doing in life has been taken from me."
He added: "He goes on to say that he feels like he's living in a psychological torture."
The judge said Hughes falsely described the machete as a kitchen knife and by disposing of it afterwards, he clearly understood what he had done.
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Referring to the Snapchat post, he said: "Rather than regretting or having remorse for what you had done, you were revelling in what happened."
Judge Woodhall said Hughes was dangerous and jailed him for 12 years, with an extended three years on licence.
He must spend at least two thirds of the sentence - eight years - behind bars before he is eligible for parole.
Judge Woodhall also made an indefinite restraining order to protect the victim.
Hughes showed no emotion as he was sent down.