Leeds man left housemate with brain injuries after throwing brick at his head

Leeds Crown Court
Leeds Crown Court

A MAN left his housemate with brain injuries after throwing a brick at him during an argument.

Nico Bennett, 30, was locked up for three years after a court heard how the victim suffered a fractured skull and bleeding to his brain.

Bennett carried out the attack at the property where he was lodging at the time on Colwyn View, Beeston, Leeds, on June 22 last year.

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The court heard the victim was also living at the address with his family at the time.

Anthony Moore, prosecuting, said Bennett and the man were close friends at the time but they began fighting after an argument.

The court heard the victim ran into the garden during the incident where Bennett picked up a house brick and threw it at his head.

The 33-year-old man was knocked unconscious after it struck him.

Witnesses stopped Bennett from carrying out a further attack.

Bennett rang an ambulance for the man after realising he was badly injured.

The victim suffered a skull fracture and a blood clot on his brain. Mr Moore said he also suffered serious headache pains in the months after the incident but has recovered from his injuries.

Bennett, of Trentham Street, Beeston, Leeds, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Susannah Proctor, mitigating, said Bennett was struggling emotionally at the time of the incident.

She said: “He can’t provide any explanation for why he behaved in such a dreadful manner.”

Sentencing Bennett, judge Simon Phillips, QC, said: “The force required to cause the injury would have been considerable.”

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