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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Man fractured teen's skull with metal bar, Carlisle court told

A man allegedly fractured a teenager’s skull with a metal bar after an argument over £15, a court has heard.

Nicholas George Wilson, 32, of Smith Road, Salterbeck, Workington, is accused of carrying out the attack.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that on October 30 last year there had been a traffic collision in which Wilson hit the rear of a scooter driven by Jack Greggain, aged 17 at the time. A number plate was damaged and Wilson agreed to pay for a replacement.

Mr Greggain replaced the plate at a cost of £15. Brian Treadwell, prosecuting, said he had gone to Wilson’s house to pick up the money but there was no cash there.

“Wilson was distracted by a number of children,” said Mr Treadwell, adding that Wilson had asked Mr Greggain to come back later, which he did.

On this occasion Wilson threatened Mr Greggain and he was concerned about this behaviour, he said. Wilson argued the number plate should have cost £7.50.

Mr Greggain left and then received a call from Wilson asking him to meet on Smith Road. Mr Treadwell said Mr Greggain went there with his girlfriend in a car driven by his father. When they arrived they saw Wilson on the street with another male and stopped in front of them and discussed the money. Wilson pulled a 2ft-long metal bar.

“It was essentially a wrench,” said Mr Treadwell. “As he was getting out of the car he was struck over the head by Mr Wilson with the bar.”

He was hit again on the way down, then kicked several times by Wilson. Mr Greggain was taken to hospital and treated for scalp bruising, internal bleeding and a skull fracture. He also had a laceration on his head. He denied his father had gone with a weapon in his car.

Wilson denies wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Trial continues.

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