November 20 2014 Latest news:
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A man who repeatedly stamped on a man’s head causing multiple fractures which will require surgery to rebuild his face has been jailed for 12 years.
Adrian Wilson suffered two fractures to his skull and fractures to his eye sockets, cheekbones and nose in the brutal attack by 21-year-old Jamie Mayers in Coronation Drive, Felixstowe in March.
Mayers had denied inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Wilson with intent but was found guilty by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court after a three day trial.
Jailing Mayers, of Coronation Drive, for 12 years Recorder Bruce Houlder described the attack as “wholly unprovoked” and said the consequences of it had been life changing for Mr Wilson and his fiancee Holly Holmes.
“These were literally crushing injuries,” said Mr Houlder. “The public need to be protected from you for a long time.”
“You are a man with a very short fuse. The use of a shod foot with trainers makes the offence more serious as it carries the risk of causing fatal injuries. It is fortunate for you and more fortunate for Mr Wilson that he didn’t die as a result of the attack,” added the judge
During the trial the court heard that Mr Wilson was punched in the face by Mayers and then stamped on when he fell to the ground.
He lost conciousness and was left lying in a pool of blood after Mayers and a group of other people involved in the incident ran off.
Mr Wilson was inititally taken to Ipswich hospital but was transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge where scans revealed the extent of his injuries.
The court heard that Mr Wilson, who had previously been in a relationship with Mayers’ mother Amanda, had been told he needed surgery to have his face rebuilt.
in a statement read to the court he said that since the attack he had been on anti-depressants and was prone to mood swings. He also had slurred speech, was forgetful and was nevous about going out on his own.
However he said he wanted to move on and was determined that what had happened to him wouldn’t stop him getting on with his life.
On the evening of the attack Mr Wilson and his fiancee had gone to Amanda Mayers’ house to collect some documents but left after an argument.
As they walked along Coronation Drive they met Mayers and Mr Wilson told him: “Your mum needs help. She’s sick in the head.”
He was then surrounded by a group of people and punched in the face three times by Jamie Mayers before being grabbed in a bear hug and pulled to the ground by someone in the group.
As he lay on his back he saw Jamie Mayers stamp on his face three times before he lost consciousness.
During the trial he denied a suggestion from defence counsel Lindsay Cox that he was attacked by drug dealers he had upset and not Mayers.
“I nearly died that night and I know 100% who did it and it definitely wasn’t drug dealers,” said Mr Wilson.
Mr Cox said although Mayers had some previous convictions they weren’t as serious as the present offence.