Teenager being assessed after knife attack in Leamington

By IH Tuesday 18 December 2012 Updated: 19/12 07:48

A TEENAGER who sliced open another man’s head in a knife attack in a Leamington fast food restaurant is to be assessed for the danger he poses.

Aronjit Singh Colar had originally pleaded guilty only to possessing a bladed article in Viallis in Victoria Terrace and denied a wounding charge.

But at a further hearing at Coventry Crown Court Colar, of Percival Road, Rugby, changed his plea to guilty on the charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The court heard 19-year-old Colar had sliced open the top of victim Daniel Barton’s head with a single blow with a knife in Viallis Restaurant in Leamington on September 19.

Prosecutor Mark Phillips said Mr Barton and a friend went to a club in Leamington where ‘something has gone on’ between them and a group which included Colar.

After leaving the club Colar’s group went to Viallis to get something to eat, and while they were there Mr Barton and his friend also walked in and went up to the counter.

A CCTV recording showed there was some sort of dispute between Mr Barton’s friend and Colar’s group, in which Mr Barton took no part.

“The complainant is just standing there; and the defendant is seen to take a knife from up his sleeve and go over to him and slash him over the head once,” said Mr Phillips.

“The basis of his plea is that he intended to hit him with the butt of the knife and that it slipped – but that is not accepted by the prosecution.”

As a result of the attack Mr Barton needed hospital treatment for a five-inch wound across the top of his head.

And Mr Phillips added that at the time Colar was on bail over an allegation of affray, although he subsequently pleaded guilty to a public order offence and was given a conditional discharge.

Recorder Sean Smith QC adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Colar, who was remanded in custody.

Recorder Smith told him: “I don’t think I can sentence you today. I need the probation service to prepare a report on you to assess whether you pose a danger to the public.”

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