A 16-year-old boy from Leighton Buzzard has been detained for six-and-a-half years for a vicious attack on a man who, police say, was lucky to survive the onslaught.
LutonCrown Court heard on Wednesday that the boy, who was only 14 at the time of the incident, broke into the former The Dukes Head pub in Leighton Road, Heath and Reach at 6.30am on September 6 last year and brutally beat the occupant with a golf club.
The 49-year-old victim, Jasbir Dhadra, was asleep at the time of the break-in and suffered life-changing injuries in the attack.
He was blinded in one eye during the sustained attack.
The youth, who cannot be identified because of his age, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to commit criminal damage.
He was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in a detention centre – although the judge said that, had he been over 18, he would have received a 13-year prison sentence.
It is believed the boy was associated with an older man that was behind the attack, although the motive remains unclear.
The youth was caught thanks to DNA evidence taken from the broken golf club.
Det Con Martin Hart, investigating, said: “This was a horrendous assault that inflicted horrible injuries on a man that quite frankly is lucky to be alive.
“We are pleased the instrument of this despicable crime has been detained with a lengthy sentence for a juvenile; however the instigator is yet to be discovered.
“We are committed to ensure the person behind this attack is brought to justice and ask anyone that has any information that could assist our investigation to come forward in confidence.”
Anyone with information that could help police bring the outstanding offender to justice can call 101, text 07786 200 011, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.