A MOBILITY scooter user was knocked unconscious in a terrifying brick attack by a robber.
The 27-year-old victim was on his way home from the Victoria pub in Columbia, Washington, when Zachary Ellis, pictured, hit him three times with a brick, and forced him to hand over the £84 he was carrying.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the victim, who has Asperger’s syndrome, needed a deep wound to his head glued at hospital.
He told police he now lives in fear for his life, and is terrified of repercussions after receiving death threats.
He said in a statement: ”I’m scared to return to my address and feel I have nothing left to live for, I have lost everything.”
Prosecutor Paul Rowland told the court Ellis, 20, who was on bail for an attack where he spat in his mother’s face, had known his victim for about six weeks and they had both been in the pub on May 15.
It was when the victim was on his way home he was targeted as he talked to his cousin on his mobile.
Mr Rowland said: “As he was speaking to him on the phone he felt three blows to his head, which he said briefly caused him to lose consciousness.
“When he came to, he saw that his telephone was lying nearby on the grass.
“The defendant was standing beside him and he noticed part of a brick or stone in the hand of Mr Ellis.
“He had his hand raised a day the complainant pleaded, asking not to be struck again and said he would do anything to prevent that.
“At that point Ellis ordered him to hand over all the money he had.”
Ellis, of Handley Crescent, East Rainton, admitted robbery and also common assault on his mother.
Judge Simon Hickey jailed him for five years and two months.
The judge told him: “Your victim says there has been a significant, ongoing effect. He has been left feeling vulnerable, fearing for his life.
“He is frightened because you know where he lives and your associates do.”
Tom Moran, defending, said Ellis had been abusing drink and drugs but has completed courses in custody in the hope he can turn his life around.