BLUDGEONED BY FRIEND
Victim Shaun Nicholls
[My wife] told me it was horrendous and she couldn’t believe it was happening.
A THUG suddenly turned on his friend of 20 years and bludgeoned him with a bar stool in front of his horrified wife.
Shaun Nicholls still has no feeling in one side of his face 15 months after “big, powerful” Stuart Donaghue’s savage attack.
The 51-year-old is currently serving a five-year sentence after admitting wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
And now Shaun has spoken publicly for the first time about the horrendous assault that caused him to lose three pints of blood.
He said the pair had been pals for two decades, having holidayed in Benidorm and regularly going shooting together.
According to self-employed ground worker Shaun, 45, they had never had an argument before Donaghue’s frenzied assault in September 2017.
It happened at the Bird in Hand pub, Measham, where Shaun, 42-year-old wife Rachel and Donaghue were having a drink together.
They were reportedly in good spirits until, Shaun said, Donaghue returned from the toilet in a fit of rage.
Shaun said: “It happened in about 10 seconds – I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. I was just in shock.
“He punched me in the face twice and knocked me off my stool.
“While I was on the floor, he picked up the stool and shoved the leg into my cheek.
“Then he started battering me in the head with it, knocking me out with the second blow.
“I was lucky the landlord ran round from behind the bar and shoved him away, or he’d have just kept hitting me.”
Measham man Shaun woke up at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where he had to be kept in for three days.
Even now, he is left with major scarring on his head and major nerve damage in his cheek.
Shaun says his children – eightyear-old Ruben and 10-year-old
Mary – were reduced to tears when they saw the damage Donaghue had done.
Shaun, of Burton Road, said: “I’m just lucky my boy didn’t see it happen.
“He was playing outside the pub at the time. It’s not nice for them to see.
“I have to tell them I sustained
these injuries falling over. You can’t tell them what actually happened.
“Unfortunately Rachel had to see what happened at close quarters.
“She’s told me it was horrendous and she couldn’t believe it was happening. I’ve been left watching my back all the time – I worry every time I go to the pub now. You never know what’s around the corner.” Donaghue, a lift engineer from Burton Road, Over seal, was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court last month. Shaun said: “He’s a big, powerful man and I hope he serves the whole five years. “Hopefully he’s in with men who can do the same as he’s done.
“When I think of what he’s done to me, it just makes me so angry.
“When he does come out, who knows whether he’ll come looking for revenge for me getting him sent down,” Shaun added.
“I’m not scared of him though. Whatever happens happens.”
Shaun Nicholls, from Measham, after he was battered with a bar stool by thug Stuart Donaghue.