A COVENTRY thug who beat a young man with learning difficulties leaving him with a fractured cheekbone has been jailed for five years.
Nigel Parsons, of Westmorland Road in Walsgrave, carried out the frenzied attack on the 26-year-old after accusing him of stealing a torch in the early hours of March 12.
He attacked him with a snooker cue and punched and kicked him to the floor, breaking his nose and causing the fracture along with other facial cuts and bruising.
The young man had been staying with Parsons, who was an old friend, at his home for a couple of weeks when the attack happened.
Coincidentally police arrived that morning to arrest Parsons for failing to appear at court on a charge of handling stolen goods. Parsons tried to escape by climbing out of a window, but was arrested just outside.
Officers became suspicious when the 42-year-old asked to go back into the flat for medication but was reluctant to let anyone go with him. The reason became clear when officers found the victim inside.
The young man initially claimed he came by his injuries after falling, but later confessed Parsons had beaten him and prevented him from leaving as soon as he was alone.
A broken, blood-stained snooker cue was found at the address and the victim’s blood was also found on Parson’s footwear cementing his guilt.
He pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court and was sentenced on October 14.