Play sport again’

BE­HIND BARS FOR BRU­TAL AT­TACK

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS -

friend. The as­sault vic­tim was helped away by his friends and taken by am­bu­lance to hos­pi­tal where it was found he had two frac­tures to the front of his skull, more frac­tures to his left eye socket and cheek­bone, a bleed on the brain and an air cav­ity on the brain.

He was in hos­pi­tal for nine days, but still needs to un­dergo fur­ther surgery to the skull frac­tures, and his vi­sion is still not back to nor­mal.

As a re­sult of his in­juries he was un­able to com­plete a one-year in­tern­ship or a work project he had been work­ing on, and doc­tors have ad­vised him that he can­not risk play­ing foot­ball or any other con­tact sport for the rest of his life.

Mr Lid­di­ard added that Ab­dul had a record for vi­o­lence and in 2010 had been jailed for four years and eight months for griev­ous bod­ily harm with in­tent af­ter he at­tacked a man in a bar in We­ston-Su­per-Mare, break­ing his jaw and leav­ing the im­print of his trainer on the vic­tim’s neck.

Matthew Hardy­man, de­fend­ing, said that although there was no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the at­tack, Ab­dul had been strug­gling to cope with the loss of his younger brother who died af­ter fall­ing down a flight of stairs, and had been drink­ing too much be­cause of that.

He said Ab­dul, who knew he was fac­ing a lengthy sen­tence, re­gret­ted what he did and “says this isn’t the man I was hop­ing to be”, and that he had hoped he had put such be­hav­iour be­hind him.

Jail­ing Ab­dul, Deputy Judge Richard Grif­fith-Jones told him: “This is a grave of­fence. It was a hard kick from a pow­er­ful man to a man who was vul­ner­a­ble af­ter you had taken his legs from un­der him.

“The dam­age you did was enor­mous. In one sense, not only was he lucky to live, you were lucky he lived, be­cause the only ques­tion would have been whether it was mur­der or man­slaugh­ter.

“That this is from some­one whose pat­tern of of­fend­ing and pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm with in­tent demon­strates to me that you are a dan­ger.”

Ab­dul Ab­dul, from Coven­try, was jailed for the bru­tal at­tack

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