Teen hit vulnerable 20 year old with halogen heater during attack in Rhyl flat

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A vulnerable 20-year-old man who has a muscle-wasting illness had been discovered collapsed, with fractures and severe cuts to his head, after being attacked in his Rhyl flat by a boy of 16, a court heard on Tuesday.

A witness who saw the victim covered in blood thought he had been killed, a youth court at Llandudno was told by prosecutor James Neary.

Mr Neary said the victim had been pushed and fell backwards into a double-glazed window which broke. He believed he was also hit with a halogen heater and punched and stamped on.

The teen admitted wounding with intent last November. He was bailed for sentencing at Mold crown court on June 8.

Court chairwoman Angeline Lawson told him :”We consider our sentencing powers are not sufficient.”

Mr Neary said the victim, whose difficulties included short-term memory loss, had been found collapsed in a hallway and taken by ambulance to hospital. At first, he gave a false account about his attacker because he was scared of the teen. “He’s particularly vulnerable to people who take advantage of him,” the prosecutor remarked. He lived by himself but supported by his family.

Mr Neary said police found blood on the window, around a couch and on the heater. The youth had blood on his tracksuit bottoms and shoes.

Stitches were applied to the victim’s cuts on his head. He had a broken nose and jaw and fractured fingers. “Fortunately none of these required any surgery,” Mr
Neary said.

“This was a deliberate, sustained assault on a vulnerable person who can’t fight back. It was an unprovoked assault,” the prosecutor said. The heater had been used as a weapon.

Andrew Hutchinson, defending, didn’t mitigate in full on behalf of the boy after the youth court indicated the case would go to the crown court. 

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