December 23, 2011 by staff
Attempted Murder, A 16-year-old boy who beat a man almost to death, repeatedly kicking and stamping on his head and neck as he lay bleeding on the ground so hard that he left a footprint on his face, has been found guilty of attempted murder.
Victor King, 51, was targeted by Tyler Fielding, who was just 15 at the time, only because he believed the man had queue-jumped and barged into one of three girls the boy was with in a newsagents while she waited to buy sweets.
Medical experts say Mr King, who was so badly beaten he remembers little of the attack, would have died if a jogger had not discovered him lying unconscious in the road, struggling to breathe because of damage caused to his voice box, and called 999.
After the jury returned a guilty verdict following a four-day trial at Truro Crown Court, Judge Christopher Elwen lifted reporting restrictions to allow Fielding, from Redruth, Cornwall, to be named. He will be sentenced next month.
The jury had heard how Fielding was seen walking away from the choking Mr King, whom he did not know, in a “jubilant mood” with the horrified girls following the street attack in the town on May 15 this year.
In a statement after the case ended, Mr King said: “I am disgusted at what has happened to me. I did not deserve it, my life will never be the same again”.
Fielding’s trial had been told how he and the three girls, one of whom was his 16-year-old girlfriend, had already been drinking and had been into one off-licence on Fore Street in an attempt to buy cider. The boy subjected the owner to a volley of abuse when he refused to serve him.
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