Skull fractured over loud music

A man who caused a depressed skull fracture in a dispute over loud music has been remanded for sentence after admitting a charge of injuring with reckless disregard for safety.

Jonathon Simon Costigan, 45, admitted the early morning assault at the victim’s address in Emmett Street, Shirley, after they had spent the night drinking.

Police said the assault happened on the night of August 9-10, 2017.

The victim went to bed but became frustrated with Costigan who continued to play music into the early hours. He confronted Costigan at 5.30am and told him to turn the music off.

Costigan hit him several times in the head with a large glass bottle and continued to hit him as he attempted to crawl away.

The victim needed surgery for a depressed skull fracture, prosecutor Steve Burdes told the court.

Mr Burdes said the victim wished to read his victim impact statement at the sentencing.

Judge Raoul Neave remanded Costigan on bail to September 13, but no sentencing date has been set yet.

He asked for a pre-sentence report, with an assessment of Costigan’s suitability for home detention, and referred the case for a possible restorative justice meeting between him and the victim.

Defence counsel Clare Yardley said Costigan had already referred himself to an alcohol and drug rehabilitation programme.


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