Rhyl 16-year-old sentenced after prolonged attack on disabled man


Stephanie Price

A 16-year-old who subjected a disabled man in his 40s to a prolonged attack has been sentenced to 32 months youth detention.

The boy, who cannot be publicly identified, but comes from Rhyl, had shown frightening levels of violence, Judge Niclas Parry said at Mold Crown Court.

He had stamped on his head while the victim rolled around on the ground covered in blood.

The boy admitted a charge of wounding with intent at an earlier hearing and had been sent by the youth court to the crown court for sentence.

Judge Parry told him that he had admitted one of the most serious offences of violence.

He was only 16 but he had attacked a man who he knew to be physically disabled and suffering from muscular dystrophy.

The victim was clearly unable to defend himself, the judge said.

He had been attacked in his own home simply because he wanted the defendant to leave so that he could go to bed.

The attack had been “sustained and prolonged” and he had shown frightening levels of violence, the judge said.

He had pushed the victim’s head through a double glazed window with sufficient force to smash the glass.

Despite the fact that he was pouring with blood, the defendant struck him over the head with an electric radiator.

As the victim rolled on the floor, the defendant stamped on his head more than once and was heard to shout that he would kill him.

Mercifully the level of injury was not as serious as it could have been, the judge said.

It had a significant effect on the victim who was not prepared to stay at home alone and he only went out with his bicycle so that he could escape if he was attacked again.

Despite his age the boy had 32 convictions including ten for violence.

He had breached previous court orders.

The judge warned him that if he had been an adult the sentencing starting point was one of six years.

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