Clitheroe man smashed pool cue over victim’s head in pub attack

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SMASHING a pool cue over a man’s head in a totally unprovoked attack in a town centre pub will see a Clitheroe man sentenced at Preston Crown Court.

Blackburn magistrates heard, when the cue shattered, a piece hit the victim’s female friend, leaving her with a scalp wound through which her skull was visible.

Martin David Bialecki (21), of Bright Street, Clitheroe, admitted assaulting Matthew Coulter and Hayley Wootton causing them actual bodily harm. He was committed on bail to Preston Crown Court for sentence after magistrates ruled their powers of punishment were insufficient. A condition of bail is that Bialecki does not enter any on-licence premises.

Mrs Hilary Reece (prosecuting) said Mr Coulter and Miss Wootton were enjoying a drink in The Victoria pub when Bialecki came in about 10-45 p.m. on a Saturday in November.

“For no reason whatsoever he picked up a pool cue, walked over to where they were sitting and, without warning, hit Mr Coulter over the head with the cue,” said Mrs Reece. “That blow was with such force the cue shattered and Miss Wootton suffered the gash to her head.

“This was clearly a serious incident which was totally unprovoked,” she added.

Mr Jonathan Taylor (defending) said his client was genuinely remorseful. He said Bialecki’s brother had committed suicide in June and he was struggling to cope with the pressure and stress he was feeling.

“On occasions he drinks far too much to try to block out the pain and misery he is feeling,” said Mr Taylor. “There are a lot of issues there and his GP is aware of these.”

Mr Taylor said Bialecki had never previously been involved in a similar matter.

“He knows he has done a terrible thing and will have to be punished,” said Mr Taylor.