TWO teenagers were locked up for a total of 11 years after a “straightener” over Facebook comments left a boy with a claw hammer stuck in his head.
The horrific attack, which happened in Wallasey on April 9, left the 17-year-old victim with a depressed skull fracture, but miraculously he was allowed home from hospital the next day.
Tempers flared after Santino Veste, 17, saw Facebook comments about his ex-girlfriend on Facebook and chipped in with his opinion.
Daniel Green, 18, who was with the girl’s sister, saw the thread and had a heated exchange with Santino Veste.
Their back and forth exchanges ended with Green saying: “Meet me now lad. I’ll f*** you up and that.
“I'm on my way, be ready lad, you are going to get hurt.”
He went to Strathcona Road, Wallasey, with a group of people including Samuel Case, also 18, who took a claw hammer with him.
Mr Veste had gone there with a friend, later telling police he didn’t believe Green would show up.
Simon Duncan, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court: “Samuel Case ran ahead of the group and was the first to confront Mr Veste and tried to get him in a headlock.
“Mr Veste realised Samuel Case had a hammer in his right hand and tried to run away.
“He suddenly felt a severe pain in the back of his head and presumed he had been struck with the hammer and fell to the ground.
“He brought his arms up to protect his head and face and saw Daniel Green walk up to him and join in the attack by kicking.
“On the last of these blows, the hammer stuck in Mr Veste's head and as it would not come out he panicked and ran off.
“At the time, Mr Veste was being kicked by others.”
Santino Veste walked home feeling dizzy and was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital where he was found to have a depressed skull fracture, soft tissue swelling, bruising to his arms, hands, back and head and two 1cm lacerations to his head.
He was transferred to Walton Neurological Centre where he was observed for 24 hours before being allowed home.
Daniel Green, of Greenwood Lane, Egremont, Wallasey, and Case, of Seabank Road, Wallasey, were arrested a few hours after the attack.
Samuel Case admitted the attack at an early stage and was yesterday sentenced to five years’ youth detention.
But Green only pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent in September, and only then on the basis that he did not know Case had a hammer with him.
Mr Duncan said: “Green was sick after and angry at Samuel Case for taking it too far.”
Judge Thomas Teague, QC, replied: “But it was his quarrel and he set it up.”
He gave Green less credit for his later plea and sentenced him to six years’ detention.
Judge Teague said: “It was in some ways a horrific attack which could have had fatal consequences.”