Man beaten with pool cue in pub

Midweek Visiter - - News - BY TOM DUFFY tom.duffy@trin­i­tymir­ @Visiter

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

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