Teenager admits stamping on victim’s head

A teenager who repeatedly stamped on the head of an unconscious victim outside a Wolverhampton city centre nightspot was today behind bars.

A teenager who repeatedly stamped on the head of an unconscious victim outside a Wolverhampton city centre nightspot was today behind bars.

Daniel Boffey, aged 20, had been knocked unconscious by a punch from another man when Bobby Cox struck, a judge heard.

The trio had just been thrown out of the Indi Bar in Lichfield Street in the early hours of November 13 last year when violence flared again, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told yesterday.

Prosecutor David Lees said: “There was some form of an ongoing dispute between Cox and Mr Boffey and there was an altercation followed by a brief fight when they met inside the club.

They were ejected with a third man who punched Mr Boffey once to the head causing him to fall to the ground unconscious. The complainant has no recollection of the assault but the door staff of a nearby pub saw what happened next.

“Cox stamped on the head and face of the victim as he lay on the pavement with what one witness later described as ‘skull crushing force.’

“That person heard something crack when the defendant delivered a stamp to the face. The doormen then intervened.

Cox and the third person involved were arrested at the scene while Mr Boffey, who was unconscious for around five minutes, was detained in hospital for two days and subsequently needed surgery.

The self-employed builder said in a victim impact statement referred to in court: “As a result of this I have become withdrawn, have problems sleeping and avoid going out. I continue to suffer headaches.

“The attack has affected both my work and social life.”

Stephen Blower, defending, insisted: “This is not a young man who habitually get drunk causing trouble and behaving like an accident waiting to happen. He had only gone out this night because his partner was spending the evening with her girlfriends.

“He has not drunk alcohol since and has vowed to give it up completely.”

Cox, 19, from Mallard Way, Penkridge, who had no previous convictions, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and was sent to a young offenders institution for three-and-a-half years.

Judge John Wait told him: “There was a measure of provocation by him before you committed this offence but, when in drink, you showed yourself capable of dreadful violence.”

The third person involved received an eight-month jail term suspended for two years at a court hearing last month.