A TEENAGER could have killed a man when he hit him over the head with a pool cue and fractured his skull.
Truro Crown Court heard on Friday how 18-year-old Curtis Williams hit Mark Steel with enough force to break the pool cue into three pieces and then kicked him in the head on the ground.
At an earlier hearing, Williams, of Weath Lane, Camborne, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Steel with intent to do him grievous bodily harm on August 25, last year.
Philip Lee, for the prosecution, said Mr Steel, who is in his 40s, was out celebrating his birthday in the Lounge Bar in Camborne when he ended up playing pool with Williams, who he did not know.
“Mr Steel became a little frustrated with the defendant,” said Mr Lee. “The defendant appeared to be preoccupied on occasion. Mr Steel was going to him and saying, ‘please come and play your shot’. This defendant reacted by becoming aggressive and began to wave the pool cue about and was verbally abusive.”
Mr Steel told Williams this was unnecessary and they should sort it out outside.
“As Mr Steel was walking away the defendant grabbed the cue again and swung it with force,” said Mr Lee.
Mr Steel fell to the floor where he lay “motionless and defenceless”, Mr Lee said.
Williams kicked Mr Steel in the head, which a witness described as being as if he was kicking a football.
At hospital, Mr Steel was found to be suffering from a fractured skull and bruising to his brain.
In a victim statement read out in court, he described how he had five weeks off work and had found it difficult to readjust.
Mr Lee said: “He describes himself as having been a very social and outgoing person but since the assault does not like to be around groups of people, certainly not groups of people who are drinking or drunk.”
Joanna Martin, for the defence, said Williams’s “extraordinary actions” were out of character.
She said: “His remorse was palpable and his horror at what he had done, not just because of the position he was put into but what he had done to Mr Steel.”
Sentencing, Judge John Neligan, said: “Fortunately for him and indeed for you, he did not suffer more serious injuries.
“You could have killed him; you could have left him in a vegetative state.”
Williams was sentenced to three years in a young offenders’ institution and told to pay a £120 victim surcharge.