A FATHER-OF-TWO suffered brain damage after being hit with a vase, a court heard yesterday.
Mr Sean Ellis, of Smith House Avenue, Brighouse, suffered memory loss after he was struck across the back of the head with a ceramic vase in an attack on his street on August 15.
Aaron Eccleston, 24, of Clacton-On-Sea, Essex, went on trial at Bradford Crown Court yesterday accused of causing Mr Ellis grievous bodily harm with intent.
Samuel Delarosa, 23, of Carr Street, Brighouse, went on trial accused of assisting an offender by helping Eccleston escape the scene and dispose of a weapon.
Both men deny the charges.
Opening the prosecution’s case counsel Henry Prosser said Eccleston had hit Mr Ellis after an abusive exchange in the garden of Eccleston’s girlfriend.
Mr Ellis, 35 at the time, had decided to go to the house of Eccleston’s girlfriend, who lived on the same street, on the way home from work having had a ‘fair amount to drink’, Mr Prosser said.
Mr Prosser said: “Having arrived he did not behave at all well.
“He removed some fencing and kicked over a wheelie bin and exchanged insults with Mr Eccleston.
“Unfortunately there came a time in this incident when, say the prosecution, Sean Ellis was walking away from the house and Mr Eccleston picked up a ceramic vase.
“The defendant Aaron Eccleston went out carrying the vase and as Mr Ellis had his back to him, Mr Eccleston came up to him and struck him with must have been a very heavy blow over the back of the head.
“It turned out he suffered a brain injury and had to undergo two life-saving operations.
“The Crown say whatever happened before, there was no excuse for going up behind someone and hitting a blow of that severity.”
Mr Prosser told a jury of nine women and three men that Delarosa had turned up in his 4x4 car and had driven Eccleston to New Hey Road to help him dispose of the vase.