Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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Cumbrian man’s skull fractured in bottle attack

A man from west Cumbria suffered a fractured skull when he was attacked with a bottle.

Steven Trainor managed to chase the man who hit him, despite losing a large amount of blood.

And a couple who saw him stopped their car and gave him a lift to his attacker’s home.

Carlisle Crown Court heard they called an ambulance when, they realised how badly hurt he was.

Mr Trainor had to be transferred from the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where his condition following bleeding on his brain caused by a minor depressed fracture to his skull gave “grave concern” to doctors in the high dependency unit.

He recovered well and suffered no permanent injury.

His attacker, Dean Stanley Donnelly, 23, was jailed for a total of 22 months when he pleaded guilty to charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Trainor and using threatening or abusive words and behaviour in an incident involving one of Mr Trainor’s friends the previous night.

Prosecuting counsel Brendan Burke told the court the trouble started on October 26 when Donnelly, of Ellerbank, Harrington, Workington, got into a fight with one of Mr Trainor’s friends, who was walking home from the British Legion club after downing about 15 pints of beer.

The next day that man, along with Donnelly and Mr Trainor, was at a christening party at the British Legion club.

By then all Mr Trainor’s friends had heard about the incident the previous evening, and as a result there was a hostile attitude towards Donnelly, he said.

On top of that, Mr Burke said, Donnelly was being “generally obnoxious and making something of a nuisance of himself”.

When he met Mr Trainor, who was having a smoke outside, he hit him with a bottle, claiming afterwards that it was “a pre-emptive strike” to defend himself against a blow he thought the other man was going to aim at him.

After delivering the blow, the court heard, Donnelly ran home.

Mr Trainor tried to chase him but was slowed down by the amount of blood he was losing.

The couple who stopped to help him realised he needed professional medical attention and called an ambulance.


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