A MAN had to have surgery for a broken arm after his cousin attacked him in a row over £50.

Luke Matthews had to have a metal plate inserted in his arm after 35-year-old Jordan Jackson repeatedly punched him.

Kate Gaskell, prosecuting, told how Jackson and Mr Matthews were like brothers and had grown up together.

"They would often borrow money from each other but would always pay it back," said Miss Gaskell.

But in May last year Mr Matthews borrowed £50 from his cousin so he could go on a night out.

But two months later he had still not paid back the cash and on July 5 Jackson went to his house to ask for it back.

Despite Mr Matthews saying he would give it back later that month, Jackson became angry, demanding "where's my f***ing money?"

The same evening furious Jackson returned to Mr Matthew's home and attacked him as he sat on the couch.

Mr Matthews lifted his left arm to protect his head as blows rained down a dozen times before Jackson left.

"He shouted to the complainant that he was going to kill him," said Miss Gaskell.

Mr Matthews thought the pain in his left forearm was due to a bruise but two days later he went to hospital where doctors discovered two bones were broken.

He needed surgery and a metal plate inserted to mend the fractures and now has a six inch scar.

Jackson, of Crown Grove, Leigh, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

Paul Treble, defending, said Jackson, who has no previous convictions, is remorseful.

"It is a very sad case. The two of them grew up almost like brothers," he said.

"He thought his cousin was perhaps taking the mickey a little bit in not paying as promptly as he could and that's why he lost his temper.

"He didn't go there with the intention of causing harm. Unfortunately, when he realised he wasn't going to get the money, anger, frustration and poor thinking skills led him to act the way he did.

"He deeply regrets it."

Jackson, who has a partner, two children and two step-children, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years.

Recorder Peter Atherton also ordered him to pay Mr Matthews £500 in compensation and a restraining order was made banning him from contacting his cousin.