Man left with brain damage after thugs attack him with baseball bat in…

Five thugs burst into a man’s home and beat him with a baseball bat, a court has heard.

The criminals have been jailed for a total of almost 38 years.

The victim, who has not been named, has been left with serious brain injuries and could have died following the attack.

He was left unconscious after the beating which was inflicted on him when he ignored a warning not be seen again in Bridlington, Hull Live reports.

He suffered fractures to his skull but could easily have died, a court heard.

George Halliday, 37, of Trinity Road, Bridlington; Jeremy Wilson-Wetherill, 44, of Fairfield Road, Bridlington; Guy Saleh, 19, also of Fairfield Road; Ryan Cooper, 20, of Sewerby Road, Bridlington, and a 17-year-old Bridlington youth, who cannot be named because of his age, all admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent on August 15 last year.

Cooper also admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent to a second victim.

Halliday was jailed for 10 years and nine months, Wilson-Wetherill for nine years and 10 months and Saleh for six years and nine months. Cooper was sent to a young offenders’ institute for six years and the teenager was given four-and-a-half years’ detention.

Peter Byrne, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court that the main victim visited Bridlington and went to a flat but his presence there became known to Halliday, who had warned what might happen to him if he was spotted again.

A group of five hooded or masked troublemakers went to the house after 7.30pm and Saleh kicked the door open and forced entry.

The victim escaped upstairs but Halliday had a baseball bat with him.

The man was viciously beaten repeatedly with the bat during a two-minute attack.

“A observe described hearing a commotion and shouting,” said Mr Byrne.

The victim was left lying motionless, bleeding from his head and ears, and the emergency sets were alerted.

He was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary but arrived unconscious, making incomprehensible noises.

He suffered multiple fractures to the base of his skull and bleeding on the brain.

The victim was transferred to the intensive care unit and had to be fed by a tube for a associate of months.

He later did not remember what had happened but was struggling day to day, including preparing food. He often felt off balance and was forgetting things.

George Halliday was jailed for 10 years and nine months

“Things were different on a day to day basis and things were getting him down,” said Mr Byrne.

The victim said: “My life has not been easy. I am struggling to stay on my feet longer than 10 minutes.

“It is almost like being drunk. It stops me living a normal life.”

He lost his balance and it made him feel embarrassed.

“It stops me going out,” he said.

He had problems with concentration and he got pins and needles in addition as pain in his lower back. He suffered “night terrors” and anxiety.

“This has affected not only me but my family,” said the man.

A second man was also hit with the bat, stamped on and kicked.

He suffered a 10cm wound on the top of his head but was not taken to hospital.

The bat was later abandoned in the road and had the main victim’s blood on it.

“The group walked by Bridlington before splitting up,” said Mr Byrne.

Wilson-Wetherill and Saleh had convictions for assault, Halliday had been jailed for two-and-a-half years for wounding and had an assault conviction.

Cooper had a conviction for possessing an imitation firearm.

Jeremy Wilson-Wetherill was jailed for nine years and 10 months

estimate John Thackray QC said that the five were all wearing disguises and Halliday had before made a serious threat to the main victim.

“It was an appalling group and armed attack which involved an component of trespass,” said estimate Thackray.

“It was almost certainly related to drugs. It was only good fortune that he survived. This could so easily have been a fatality.

“This was a pre-planned and premeditated attack in which all five of you played a meaningful role, either by inflicting injuries or adding to the force of numbers.

“Your attack has had a profound effect on him. It’s doubtful that he will fully retrieve. You were extremely close to causing his death.”

The second victim was hit with a bat, kicked and stamped on numerous times while he was on the ground.

“It only takes one blow to the head to cause a fatality,” said estimate Thackray.

“There was a meaningful degree of planning and premeditation in getting the group together, disguising yourselves and getting some weapons.

“This was undoubtedly a prolonged assault.”

Cathy Kioko-Gilligan, mitigating, said Wilson-Wetherill claimed that he picked up a brick and wanted to scare the victim.

“He was not in possession of any weapons,” she said.

“This defendant bitterly regrets getting involved in a situation that he clearly did not know the complete picture of.

“He met Halliday only that day. Halliday was a friend of one of his sons. Had he been fully aware, he would never have attended.

“When they did arrive, clearly the incident escalated. He has stayed out of trouble since and has turned his life around.”

Michele Stuart-Lofthouse, representing Saleh, said: “He apologises for his behaviour, which he has had much time to mirror upon. He is remorseful.”

She said, for Halliday: “He would wish to apologise. He is doing all he can to rehabilitate himself.”

Timothy Jacobs, representing Cooper, said: “He was very much at the tail end of what went on. He knows that what went on in that house was wholly unacceptable.”

Cooper had assaulted two people. He had poor anger control and was easily led.



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