Attack victim’s blood in his eyes as he fled scene

Waterloo Road, Blackpool
Waterloo Road, Blackpool
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A man was subjected to a vicious attack which left him unable to see because his own blood was running into his eyes.

Victim Craig Rogers, 36, was making his way home from a St Patrick’s Day celebration when he was set upon and told: “We are going to kill you now.”

He had walked past two people in the Waterloo Road area when computer equipment was thrown at him, a court was told.

He was struck to the head and kicked to the body while he tried to protect himself. Cash was then stolen from him.

Attacker Thomas Heaney is today waking up behind bars after being given a 16-month jail term by a judge at Preston Crown Court.

The 23-year-old, of no fixed address, had pleaded guilty to charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and theft.

Roger Baldwin, prosecuting, said the victim had gone out drinking on March 17 last year and had ended up in the Marton Institute.

Later, he went to a takeaway with a friend and after eating his food at the friend’s home, was walking on his own when he saw Heaney and a woman sitting on a wall. Two computer towers were between them on the wall.

The woman shouted an insult at Mr Rogers. Heaney and then the woman both threw a computer tower each at him. One hit his right arm. The defendant then picked up one of the towers and threw it again.

Mr Rogers tried to run away, but only managed a few yards before tripping up.

Mr Baldwin told the court: “As he was on the ground he felt six to 10 blows to the head. He heard the defendant and the female shouting, ‘We are going to kill you now.’

“Mr Rogers tried to protect himself, but began to bleed from his head and face. It prevented him from seeing. Blood went into his eyes.”

The defendant was arrested at Princess Street, Blackpool. The previous month he had been given a community order for burglary and theft.

Sharon Watson, defending, said neither the assault nor the theft had been premeditated.

“The violence was completely out of character for him. He normally doesn’t conduct himself in that way. He has genuine remorse for what happened,” she added.