Man beaten with pool cue in pub
ADISABLED pensioner was battered with a pool cue in a pub toilet just moments after coming off stage during karaoke night.
Former docker George Nielson, 69, was left covered in blood and lost his false teeth after being smashed over the head several times with the cue inside the toilets of the Laburnum pub, in Bootle.
The attack took place at the Litherland Road pub late on the night of Saturday, October 7. Mr Nielson, from Bootle, said he was set upon as he made his way to the gents, shortly after performing a rendition of country and western song Don’t Close Your Eyes.
He said: “I was on my way to the gents, when he came at me from behind. The attack started outside the toilets and continued inside. He hit me with the thick end of the cue, over my head and neck.
“The attack only stopped when I managed to grab hold of the cue.
“By then I was covered in blood, and I had lost my false teeth. God knows where they are now.”
Mr Nielson said his attacker made off before the police arrived.
He said: “I have no idea who the lad was or why he suddenly attacked me.
“The police took me straight to Fazakerley hospital.
“The doctor said my head wound was too serious to stitch, so he had to staple me.
“The person responsible is a coward.”
Mr Nielson, who once worked as a crane driver on Seaforth docks, told the Visiter that he went to the karaoke night for a treat.
The grandad said: “My health has been in serious decline over recent years. I have heart problems and arthritis, so I don’t get out much. But I got a taxi down to the pub on Saturday night for the karaoke as a treat.
“Don’t Close Your Eyes was one of my dad’s favourite songs. It’s also fairly easy to sing.
“But I won’t be going back out again any time soon. Not after this.”
Police confirmed a 69-yearold man was struck with a pool cue in the Laburnum. The cue was recovered from the scene and is being examined for forensic evidence.
A spokesman said: “The victim has since been discharged and is recovering at home.”
Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
George Nielson, 69, bloodied after being smashed over the head and needing stitches, below right, at the pub, below left