Man went ballistic' outside village hall

PUBLISHED: 11:37 13 September 2007 | UPDATED: 12:46 04 May 2010

A MAN who went ballistic in Littleport town centre hit sportsman Andrew South over the head, leaving him unconscious on the floor in a pool of blood. Adam Czynszak also left a trail of destruction, smashing windows and attacking a car. Mr South had gone

A MAN who "went ballistic" in Littleport town centre hit sportsman Andrew South over the head, leaving him unconscious on the floor in a pool of blood.

Adam Czynszak also left a trail of destruction, smashing windows and attacking a car.

Mr South had gone to the village hall after receiving a phone call from his 17-year-old son James - who had been grabbed round the neck by Cynszak.

"When I arrived, I saw the man going ballistic," Mr South told Ely magistrates. "I asked why he had been picking on him. Then I woke up in an ambulance." He denied hitting Czynszak.

After the attack, Mr South needed stitches to two head wounds. He also suffered memory loss, headaches and dizziness, and needed five weeks off work.

Czynszak, 21, of Cedar Court, Littleport, had denied causing actual bodily harm, but was found guilty after a trial in his absence.

He had earlier admitted smashing a £1,000 window belonging to Neil's Furnishers, causing £200 worth of damage to windows belonging to Littleport Parish Council, and damaging the windscreen and wing mirror of a car belonging to Barbara Moss the same night.

Caroline Dunhill, Mr South's partner, claimed something had dropped out of Czynszak's sleeve before the assault.

"He hit Andrew straight on the back of the head, Andrew stumbled back and collapsed on the floor," she added. "Andrew's head was spurting with blood."

Daniel Rutterford had been clearing up from a disco in the village hall when saw Czynszak throwing bottles at the door.

"I saw Andrew South on the floor unconscious, and called the ambulance and police," he said.

When interviewed by police, Czynszak said he punched Mr South because he had been punched first. He denied using a weapon.

A warrant was issued for Czynszak's arrest.

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