A VIOLENT man from Wrexham has been jailed after he launched an unprovoked attack on a teenager.
The victim was punched and bitten and ended up with a fractured eye socket after 20-year-old Shaun Lee Nicholas went “absolutely mental”.
Nicholas, of Field View, Caia Park, was due to go on trial at Mold Crown Court yesterday on charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm on a boy of 16 and assaulting a boy of 15.
There were delays after the complainants did not turn up in court and following negotiations between the prosecution and defence, Nicholas admitted GBH and the assault charge was dropped.
The Recorder, Wyn Lloyd Jones, sentenced him to 18 months youth custody and told him it had been “a nasty incident”. But he had now had the good sense to admit what he had done.
Nicholas punched and bit his victim and left him with serious injuries.
“You have got a bad record for violence,” Mr Lloyd Jones told him.
“You have to change your ways.
“If you don’t, there is a very unhappy future ahead of you.”
Paulinus Barnes, prosecuting, said the complainant, then 16, and his friend were sitting on some steps at the rear of the Tesco store in Wrexham one day in May 2012.
Nicholas came out of his home nearby, asked what they were doing and kicked one to the head.
On the way back one of the boys said “look what you have done” and said his friend was only 15.
Nicholas asked him: “Are you trying to tell me what to do?” before going “absolutely mental”, Mr Barnes said.
He began shouting and swearing and was said to be “off his head” as he lunged at the 16-year-old.
Nicholas was lying on top of him at one stage and the victim felt he could not breathe.
He managed to free himself and held Nicholas in a headlock and tried to calm him down but Nicholas was swinging punches and biting him under his arm.
Nicholas’ family arrived and said if he let him go they would calm him down but when he did so he was grabbed by the throat and punched in the eye five or six times by Nicholas.
Others tried to pull him off and the victim was left with swelling, bruising, bite marks and a fractured eye socket.
When he went to hospital he also had double vision.
Brian Treadwell, defending, said his client had a number of previous convictions and he appreciated the gravity of the present offence.
Nicholas had a partner and an 18-month-old child.
He had pleaded guilty at a late stage and made no excuses for what he had done.
“He knows that it cannot be justified,” he said.
Nicholas would seek to refrain from such behaviour in the future, Mr Treadwell added.