‘Sexy’ text led to brain injury

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A worker suffered bruising to his brain after he was attacked by a love rival angry about a text message he sent to his girlfriend.

The manager was punched twice in the face by Hussain Latif, and is thought to have lost consciousness for several minutes.

Preston Crown Court was told that Latif turned up angry at the man’s work place looking ready for a fight and asked “Why are you texting her?”

The 20-year-old student of Squires Gate Lane, South Shore pleaded guilty to offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and having an offensive weapon.

The prosecution said that the victim formed an association with the defendant’s then girlfriend as they worked together at the premises he managed.

The judge said it seemed that she had had problems in her relationship with the defendant and that the victim had sought to strike up a relationship with her, at a time when Latif thought they were still very much together.

The day before the attack the victim sent her a text, which read “Hey sexy, how are you doing?”

Sue Carter, prosecuting, said he didn’t get a reply, but did get calls to his mobile from someone he believed was the defendant.

The following day Latif approached the victim, who had gone to work.

The victim spoke of being punched twice to the face.

It seemed that he fell to the floor.

He went on to be admitted to hospital and had apparently lost consciousness for five minutes, as a result of what happened.

His injuries included severe bruising around his head. A scan showed bruising to the left frontal lobe of his brain.

The case was adjourned for a week for a victim personal statement to be taken.

The judge said there may be an issue about the impact on his job and how long he was off work as a result of the assault.

Julie Taylor, defending, said Latif had had a condition of bail not to contact his girlfriend but they were now back together.

He was bailed by the court to re-appear on Friday May 9.

The judge, Recorder Geoffrey Lowe, told Latif: “This is a serious incident.

“You have a previous conviction for an offence of violence.

“All sentencing options remain open”.