Thug left glassing victim with speech problems in brutal attack after Christening in Hartlepool

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A THUG left his victim with speech problems after he smashed a pint glass over his head in an unprovoked attack.

Victim Anthony Croft suffered bruising to his brain and developed problems with his speech after the attack in Hartlepool, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Having been seriously ill and on the way to making a good recovery he suffered bruising to the brain which has affected his speech.

Christopher Stansil, 21, who had been to a family Christening, struck Mr Croft, who he did not know, with his glass after a seemingly friendly conversation at Hartlepool Marina.

In a statement read out in court Mr Croft, who was recovering from a previous serious illness, said: “The impact has been dreadful”, while the judge said the blow has had an “utterly devastating effect” on him.

Stansil, was yesterday jailed for two years and two months after he earlier admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The court heard how Stansil was already feeling wound up when he visited Navigation Point on the night of June 1 last year with his uncle.

He started talking to Mr Croft and a friend who were sitting at a nearby table when Stansil reacted to some comment passed by Mr Croft.

Prosecutor Sue Jacobs said: “The defendant leaned back picked up his glass and hit him in the head.”

Martin Scarborough, mitigating for Stansil, of Dobbington, Sittingbourne, in Kent, said Stansil intended just to throw his drink over the victim.

Mr Scarborough said: “He knows he should have walked away whatever was or wasn’t said and he is going to have to pay the consequences.”

Recorder Euan Duff said: “That blow has had an utterly devastating effect upon Mr Croft.

“Having been seriously ill and on the way to making a good recovery he suffered bruising to the brain which has affected his speech.

“You must learn to control your temper in the future and try at your young age to get your life back on track when you emerge.”