Central Leeds: Student suffered fractured skull after one punch
Zachary Farr, 20, remembered being in Bed nightclub in New Briggate, until the early hours of January 17 and CCTV later recorded him outside a takeaway nearby.
He had a fleeting memory of being in an ambulance and the next thing being in hospital but did not know what had happened, Joanne Shepherd prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court.
She said CCTV showed university student Olamide Majiyagbe punch Mr Farr from behind, causing him to fall to the ground unconscious.
He was taken to hospital where the skull fracture was found and he was kept in for 36 hours and treated with a vaccine after air was discovered in the intra cranial cavity.
Majiyagbe left the scene but a week later he returned to the same club where staff recognised him and alerted the police. In interview he made no comment on advice but later contacted the officer in the case and gave an account of hitting Mr Farr, believing he was going to assault one of his friends.
He said he did not intend to injure him, only to “neutralise” him and said it was the stupidest thing he had ever done and was “not acceptable”.
Graham Parkin representing Majiyagbe said he was a first class academic student. He had been uncomfortable giving no comment to the police and after seeing the CCTV footage. It was a mark of his contrition that he decided to contact the officer and admit what had happened. At the time he was upset about his hat, which had sentimental value, being stolen in the club.
Majiyagbe, 19, of The Tannery, Cavendish Street, Kirkstall, Leeds, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm and was given a 12-months jail sentence suspended for 18 months, with 220 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £300 compensation.
Judge Neil Clark said he was only able to avoid an immediate sentence because of his otherwise excellent character.