A SOUTHAMPTON judge told a teenager who fractured a man’s skull with a brick: “You’ll be coming back time and time again unless you grow up.”
Judge John Boggis QC heard how Charles Jeffrey was assaulted by three people in a group after he had left a Bitterne pub with a woman.
She pulled one of them off and they continued to walk home.
Prosecutor Richard Withey told Southampton Crown Court how the pair noticed the group behind them and when Mr Jeffrey challenged them about the assault, Callum McGivern struck him with a brick, causing a deep cut on the forehead and a skull fracture.
McGivern, 17, of Harrison Road, admitted common assault and inflicting grievous bodily harm and received an 18-month detention and training order.
McGivern said he had thrown the brick because he was frightened of the victim’s dog and realised that was beyond self-defence.
Lucy Davis, mitigating, said McGivern had never got into such serious trouble before and his attitude had changed.