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One-punch attacker weeps over injuries to his victim


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Law theme, mallet of judge, wooden gavel

A man who seriously injured another man in a one-punch attack wept in court as he heard how he had left his victim with severe brain injuries.

Teddy Roulston (30), of Ballycolman estate in Strabane, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on the man outside a Derry bar on June 11 last year.

The court was told that the injured party received "very grave injuries" after the assault resulted in him striking his head off the ground.

It was said that CCTV showed both men drinking together in a bar and that they had "appeared friendly" until an argument seemed to break out.

Roulston left the bar and the injured party followed.

Roulston then hit the injured party once and he fell to the ground, with witnesses reporting the sound of "a loud crack".

Roulston was said by witnesses to have said: "How do you like that now, do you?"

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During a police interview, it was said that Roulston did not contradict the CCTV and told police: "I cannot believe I did that".

A prosecuting barrister told the court that the injured party had "very severe brain injuries" and while he had made some progress he still needed assistance for personal care and mobility.

The barrister said that there were "very tragic consequences for a very short event".

A defence barrister said that his client "deeply regretted" the consequences of his action.

He then read a personal letter from Roulston to the court.

In the letter, Roulston wrote: "I am so sorry for what I have put this man through.

"I never intended for this to happen and I will never forgive myself for what his family are going through."

He went on: "I know my feelings don't come into this, but I wish I could change what happened.

"I know I am not a bad person, but I have to take the consequences of what I have done.

"I will never touch alcoholic drink again and I will never lift a finger to anyone."

While this was being read out, Roulston could be seen weeping in the dock.

He concluded: "I am so, so sorry for what I have done."

The defence barrister said that there was clear evidence of genuine remorse.

Judge Philip Babington said his thoughts were with the injured party and his family and he adjourned sentencing to June 30.

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