Cornwall

Boy, 16, found guilty of attempted murder in Redruth

A 16-year-old boy who attacked a 51-year-old man after an argument in a shop in a Cornwall shop has been found guilty of attempted murder.

Tyler Fielding, of Tolcarne Street, Camborne, who was 15 at the time of the attack in May, denied intending to kill Victor King but admitted wounding.

At Truro Crown Court, Fielding claimed Mr King had insulted his girlfriend in the shop in Fore Street, Redruth.

He is due to be sentenced on 20 January.

Victim 'disgusted'

The prosecution said Fielding stamped and jumped on Mr King's face and head.

Mr King suffered fractured eye sockets, jaws and facial bones, and fractures of the voice box which would have caused him to choke to death if he had not received a tracheotomy.

Earlier in the trial, Tyler admitted drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis before the attack and pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was found guilty of attempted murder by an 11-1 jury verdict.

Judge Christopher Elwen remanded Fielding into the care of the local authority, adjourning sentencing for the preparation of reports.

He also removed reporting restrictions, allowing Fielding to be named.

Following the verdict, Det Insp Stuart Ellis, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said Mr King was subjected to a "vicious and unprovoked attack".

He said: "The attacker appeared to be completely out of control having consumed alcohol, and used an extraordinary level of violence against his victim who was chosen completely at random."

In a statement, 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".

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