Teen broke attack victim's jaw
PUBLISHED: 16:11 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 11:47 12 August 2010
A DRUNKEN schoolboy who smashed a teenager s jaw with a wooden pole in an unprovoked attack walked free from court on Monday.
A DRUNKEN schoolboy who smashed a teenager's jaw with a wooden pole in an unprovoked attack walked free from court on Monday.
The Bromley 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, repeatedly swung the large stick at 19-year-old Vinesh Naidoo after a chance meeting in the street.
A single blow sent Mr Naidoo crashing to the ground with a broken jaw in the early hours of New Year's Day this year.
Mr Naidoo needed a metal plate inserted in to his jaw and spent four days in hospital. He could not eat solid food for two months after the attack.
His teenage assailant had been drinking heavily with friends in the Bromley area on New Year's Eve and decided to walk home at about 1am the follow day.
As he headed along Pickhurst Lane he spotted Mr Naidoo and two friends and muttered something as they walked past him.
When they turned to question what had been said, the teenager grabbed the pole in both hands and began swinging wildly at the three friends.
The teenager denied the attack, but was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm after a trial at Croydon Crown Court.
He was cleared of the more serious charge of causing GBH with intent and a further charge that the assault was racially motivated.
The youth was given an 18-month supervision order, which will include an Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme (ISSP), thought to be the most rigorous non-custodial sentence for young offenders, and a three-month 8pm to 7am curfew.
Sentencing at the Old Bailey, Judge Warwick McKinnon said he had been persuaded not to hand out a custodial sentence after being told the youth was trying to change his ways.
He is awaiting the results of his GCSEs but is already enrolled on a BTEC course at Bromley College, the court was told.
He is also spending his summer holidays working on a farm without pay and has sought help for his drinking problem. He has not had alcohol for five months.