Burnley grandad left with fractured skull after horror attack

Burnley Crown Court.''
Burnley Crown Court.''

A GRANDFATHER was left with devastating, life-changing injuries and will probably never work again after he was attacked by a drunken and violent thug outside a Burnley pub, a court was told.

Mr Ricky Bastable (47) smashed his head on the pavement after he was punched to the ground by Wayne Bannister.

Bannister was said to have been arguing with his ex-girlfriend and to have been aggressive towards her in the Park View.

He had then gone outside and turned over a bench, smashing glasses.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Mr Bastable and another man warned Bannister about his behaviour and asked him to leave.

Bannister took swings at the victim and a third blow knocked him down and “out cold.” The assault was captured on CCTV.

The hearing was told how Mr Bastable, then a self-employed roofer, suffered terrible injuries and recently underwent what might have been a life-saving operation.

The attack had left him with a fractured skull, permanently deaf, with 5% vision in his right eye and with facial nerve palsy.

He has balance problems, trouble walking and days ago underwent surgery to prevent what could have been fatal nerve disease.

He also needs an operation on his right eye, which has not shut since the assault on September 22nd, and might eventually lose the eye.

He needs constant care and his family believe he will never work again.

Bannister (32) who has a long record for violence, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm. The defendant, of Admiral Street, Burnley, was jailed for two years – the maximum for the offence after a guilty plea.

Mr David Macro (prosecuting) said the victim and his wife Tracy had gone to the pub and met friends there.

Bannister had a record starting in 1996, which included GBH in 2008 and five convictions for domestic violence.

Mr Richard Taylor (defending) said it was “one real single blow” and the defendant had not used a weapon.

Sentencing, Recorder Andrew Long told Bannister: “The consequences of what you did that night will live with Mr Bastable for the rest of his life.

“These consequences are tragic indeed for him and his family.”