Vic­tim will ‘never


Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By PAUL BEARD & BEN EC­CLE­STON

A UNIVER­SITY stu­dent who was vi­ciously at­tacked in a Coven­try park has been told his head in­juries mean he can never play foot­ball or any other con­tact sport again.

Ab­dul Ab­dul left his vic­tim with nu­mer­ous in­juries in­clud­ing skull frac­tures, a frac­tured eye socket and cheek bone, and a bleed on the brain fol­low­ing the hor­rific in­ci­dent in Primrose Hill Park in Hill­fields.

A judge told Ab­dul, who had kicked his vic­tim – a Coven­try Univer­sity en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent – to the head: “Not only was he lucky to live, but you were lucky he lived”, be­fore pass­ing a sen­tence which means he could be be­hind bars for more than ten years.

Ab­dul, 30, of Coven­try Street, Stoke, who had a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion for a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent, had pleaded guilty at War­wick Crown Court to charges of in­flict­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm with in­tent and as­sault. He was given an ex­tended sen­tence of ten-and-a-half years in prison, of which he will have to serve at least two-thirds be­fore the Pa­role Board will even con­sid­ered his re­lease.

He will be freed be­fore serv­ing the whole sen­tence only if the Pa­role Board con­sid­ers it safe to do so – and will then be on li­cence for the rest of the term and for a fur­ther three-and-a-half years.

Pros­e­cu­tor Martin Lid­di­ard said that on June 23 a group of univer­sity friends went out into Coven­try city cen­tre to cel­e­brate the end of their stud­ies and the end of term.

Af­ter leav­ing a night­club in the early hours of the morn­ing the group, in­clud­ing the vic­tim and a friend, went into Primrose Hill Park, where they were “mess­ing about”.

“The de­fen­dant came into the park and shouted to mem­bers of the group and be­gan rant­ing, say­ing ‘I sell drugs and weapons’,” the pros­e­cu­tor said.

“He grabbed the vic­tim’s head and held him and kicked out at him, then asked [the friend] for a cig­a­rette, which was re­fused, and he be­came ag­gres­sive.

“He went up to the vic­tim and grabbed his foot, pulling his legs away from him, caus­ing him to fall, and then kicked him in the face as hard as he could.”

Ab­dul then taunted the oth­ers, chal­leng­ing them: “I’ve just at­tacked your boy, are you go­ing to do some­thing about it?”

He then kicked the friend to the ribs be­fore grab­bing the vic­tim’s phone and throw­ing it back at the group, then leav­ing but re­turn­ing to threaten that he was go­ing to kill the

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