Plymouth jury hears club attack caused 'brain bleed'
A MAN has described to a jury the life changing injuries he sustained following a brawl in a nightclub.
Alex Wheeler was giving evidence yesterday at Plymouth Crown Court following an incident on November 27, 2011, in which he suffered a "bleed on the brain".
Thomas Field, aged 22 and of Ladysmith Road, is standing trial accused of grievous bodily harm with intent. He admits a lesser charge of grievous bodily harm without intent.
At the first day of the trial yesterday the court heard how a brawl broke out at Bang Bang Nightclub on North Hill, during which Mr Wheeler was left unconscious.
David Gittins, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told the jury that Mr Wheeler had suffered "a bleed on the brain which required an operation".
Giving evidence from behind a screen, Mr Wheeler told the court: "I was in intensive care, it was really bad, I had tubes coming out of my head and a massive scar.
"I'm back to work now but I've got to be under supervision. It has caused people to keep checking what I do, I work on a building site, it's a dangerous place.
"I have to be chaperoned around which is embarrassing for me.
"My short term memory is really bad. Long term I can remember. I have to keep setting reminders for myself."
The court heard how on November 26 Mr Wheeler had been with friends in Ivybridge before going into the city centre where they visited the Dairy bar, Annabel's, Revolutions and Bang Bang night clubs.
The courtroom was shown CCTV footage of the assault where Mr Wheeler was punched, kicked and stamped on.
Mr Gittins said the victim was left unconscious and taken to Derriford Hospital.
He explained how the lowest level of consciousness is three and the highest is 15 and when Mr Wheeler arrived at Derriford Hospital he was classed at the lowest level of three. After a CT scan that had risen to eight.
Mr Gittins said to the jury: "The issue in this case is whether this defendant intended to cause GBH.
"Alex Wheeler did not hit anybody, the defendant attacked him from behind."
Ali Rafati, defending, asked Mr Wheeler if could have had more to drink than he remembered before the fight.
But Mr Wheeler said: "I had a budget and I used all my money so I didn't have any more to drink. I'm not the sort of person who has to drink to have a good time.
"I've never been in a fight in all my life, it's not in my character. I'm the kind of person who wants to go out and have a good night, go home and see my girlfriend and go to bed."
The trial continues.