Violent attack on a disabled teenager

A DISABLED teenager suffered a life threatening blood clot to his brain after being picked on in Retford just because he wears a calliper, a court was told.

The 17-year-old was called names then had his head stamped on and kicked like a football.

His main attacker Walter Smith, 20, who told police he was a traveller living in a caravan near Retford, was jailed for two and a half years.

The judge at Nottingham Crown Court allowed the naming of his 15-year-old co-accused, Lee Lane of Hirst Road, Retford, who was sentenced to 12 months detention and training.

Both pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

The attack took place in the King's Park area at about 9pm on 10th August 2005 said Dawn Pritchard, prosecuting last Thursday.

The victim had been left physically disabled following an accident at the age of four.

He got off his bicycle to go up a ramp and was called names by Lane who had done the same thing in the past.

After being pushed to the ground by Smith, the victim got up and hit Lane. Lane punched him back several times sending him to the ground for a second time where Smith stamped on his head.

A woman who witnessed the attack shouted at Smith to stop but he stamped again then delivered a "goal kick" type kick to the teenager's head, said Miss Pritchard.

The woman called an ambulance and the victim was kept in hospital for four days.

In mitigation it was accepted Lane over-reacted after being hit first. He had then withdrawn.

Smith, who had been made the subject of a court order only a month earlier, was said to have led a transient lifestyle. He had been wasting his time drinking cider in the park it was said, and did not know his victim.

Judge Dudley Bennett told the two accused: "this was yet another piece of mindless, gratuitous violence when you two picked on a vulnerable victim for no other reason than he was wearing a calliper."