A drunken gatecrasher who had been hogging the bathroom violently punched a guest causing him to fall and smash his head on concrete slabs outside a house party.
The host had rented the Airbnb property in Hunts Lane, Witherley, near Hinckley, on Friday September 25 – and had not invited Jay White, who turned up with several other intruders.
Leicester Crown Court was told the 20-year-old victim, was known to White, and they had previously had no issues – but on this night, White, then 18, was feeling sick due to his alcohol intake and the victim complained he was preventing others from accessing the lavatory, said Neil Bannister, prosecuting.
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Sentencing, Judge Keith Raynor told White: « An argument flared up and you went into the garden.
« You squared up to him and punched him, causing him to fall and knock his head on concrete slabs. »
The court heard another male then kicked the victim to the arm and shoulder as he lay injured on the ground.
The judge said: « You and the other person then gestured a fist pump and were smiling.
« You noticed a security camera and covered your face with a scarf and left. »
The victim suffered a fractured skull, a broken right eye socket and he had bleeding on the brain.
On May 10 this year he underwent surgery to repair a cranial defect, with titanium plates inserted into his skull.
The judge said the best case scenario would be no further surgery, but there was a mixed prognoses and he is likely to have cognitive problems and also runs the risk of seizures, further bleeding, a stroke and infections.
He added: « This was a severe head injury with possible ongoing effects in the future. »
In a personal impact statement the victim described seizures and walking difficulties when he was first discharged from hospital.
He has to wear a protective helmet when he goes out which causes embarrassment and his social life has been badly affected.
He had plans to study motor car design at college, but now the future is unclear.
The judge said: « I have real regard to the ongoing effect on the victim. »
White, now 19, of Croft Road, Nuneaton, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.
He also admitted an unrelated burglary at a Boots store in Leamington Spa, on December 9, 2019, when £5,500 worth of perfume and other items were stolen, with two accomplices who have already been sentenced.
Simon Hunka, mitigating, said: « Following a single punch there was no further aggression from him and he was concerned and wanted to see if the complainant was okay, he was bending over and trying to rouse him at one stage.
« He left the scene, aware others were looking after the young man – he was worried for himself.
« He behaved in a way that he hasn’t before and he’s not violent by nature.
« He lost control of his temper when he left the house and he doesn’t know what he was thinking at the time.
« He knows he was responsible for serious injuries to someone he had got on well with in the past. »
White was sentenced to a total of two years and eight months detention.
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Afterwards, the investigating officer, Det Con Vicki Hudson said: “This case demonstrates how one punch can lead to such significant injuries and have a life changing impact on the victim.
“We are pleased that White pleaded guilty to his part in the offence and spared the victim’s family the ordeal of hearing the events of that evening in court.
“We hope this case goes some way in showing perpetrators the impact violence can have on them, their victims and wider family.”
A spokesperson for the victim’s family said: “We have been left utterly devastated by what’s happened.
« We’ve had to live through the anxiety of not knowing if he would make it through.
« His injuries are life changing and we have to live with the reality that he will never be the same person again and will need constant care.
“We are pleased the defendant pleaded guilty.”