Paranoid drug user, 31, threw a bowling ball at a council worker’s head

Paranoid drug user Damien Hammond, 31, (pictured) threw a bowling ball at a council worker's head because he 'thought he was coming to kill me' - leaving the victim with life-long brain damage

Paranoid drug user Damien Hammond, 31, (pictured) threw a bowling ball at a council worker's head because he 'thought he was coming to kill me' - leaving the victim with life-long brain damage

Paranoid drug user Damien Hammond, 31, (pictured) threw a bowling ball at a council worker’s head because he ‘thought he was coming to kill me’ – leaving the victim with life-long brain damage

A paranoid drug user threw a bowling ball at a council worker’s head because he ‘thought he was coming to kill me’ – leaving the victim with life-long brain damage.

Damien Hammond, 31, smoked synthetic class-B drug mamba for three days prior to the attack in Nottingham.

Hammond said he thought two council workers were ‘clearing up evidence’ of his existence and he was ‘trying to scare them off’ during the incident.

He was today found guilty of grievous bodily harm after the victim – who has not been named – suffered a fractured skull and brain damage.

He may suffer seizures and black-outs for the rest of his life.

The two Nottingham City Council workers were removing a discarded television on the roadside on December 30, 2019.

Hammond told the men that the television was his and he would come down and get it. He then threw bowling ball wrapped in a pair of jeans out the window – hitting a council worker in the head.

Police tried to convince Hammond to leave the building in a standoff which lasted hours and saw him throw other items out the window and threaten police officers with a hammer.

He earlier plead guilty to affray at Nottingham Crown Court, the Nottingham Post reports.  

The court had previously heard how the council worker woke up in hospital in the days following the attack, and was told by health staff that he had suffered a fractured skull and brain damage. 

Hammond, 31, smoked synthetic class-B drug mamba for three days prior to the attack in Nottingham. Pictured: The scene where the bowling ball was thrown onto the council worker

Hammond, 31, smoked synthetic class-B drug mamba for three days prior to the attack in Nottingham. Pictured: The scene where the bowling ball was thrown onto the council worker

Hammond, 31, smoked synthetic class-B drug mamba for three days prior to the attack in Nottingham. Pictured: The scene where the bowling ball was thrown onto the council worker

Hammond told the men that the television was his and he would come down and get it. He then threw bowling ball wrapped in a pair jeans out the window - hitting a council worker in the head. Pictured: The scene

Hammond told the men that the television was his and he would come down and get it. He then threw bowling ball wrapped in a pair jeans out the window - hitting a council worker in the head. Pictured: The scene

Hammond told the men that the television was his and he would come down and get it. He then threw bowling ball wrapped in a pair jeans out the window – hitting a council worker in the head. Pictured: The scene

The victim said in a written statement which was read out to the court: ‘The last thing I remember was picking the pan shovel up and walking back towards the van with it. I can’t remember anything else after that.’

He said the next thing he recalls is ‘waking up in a hospital ward’ two or three days later.

Giving evidence to the court, Hammond said he had been taking the synthetic class B drug Mamba ‘for three days’ prior to the incident and had heard a ‘noise’ from the window.

Upon discovering two council workers, the court heard Hammond saw them going through ‘foliage’.

Hammond (pictured) said he thought two council workers were 'clearing up evidence' of his existence and he was 'trying to scare them off' during the incident

Hammond (pictured) said he thought two council workers were 'clearing up evidence' of his existence and he was 'trying to scare them off' during the incident

Hammond (pictured) said he thought two council workers were ‘clearing up evidence’ of his existence and he was ‘trying to scare them off’ during the incident

The jury had been told that Hammond and the victim had become embroiled in an exchange of words, before it is alleged Hammond went into his bedsit, grabbed the bowling ball and ‘threw it out of my window’.

Summarising the evidence for the jury, Judge James Sampson said: ‘The defendant gave evidence that he lived in his bedsit from late August, and says that he heard a noise from his window.’

Hammond ‘took a 180-degree turn from the window, walked two or three paces and grabbed the bowling ball before throwing it out.

‘He said that it happened in a matter of seconds,’ Judge Sampson added.

The judge added in his summary that Hammond told the court he could not see the workmen at the time, but that he could see the garage opposite.

The jury was told that the bowling ball was released through an ‘underarm motion’ from the window, with the aim to ‘scare them off’ and that Hammond ‘wanted them gone’.

Providing earlier evidence to the jury of Hammond’s reaction in the moments following the attack, Judge Sampson said the defendant ‘heard two thuds’.

Quoting the defendant, Judge Sampson said: ‘I heard two thuds and knew it wasn’t right. 

‘The victim was hitting the floor when I arrived at the window, and I was scared I had killed him. 

‘If someone upsets me, I react. If I had time to reflect, I wish I had grabbed some water and tipped it on them.’

He will remain in custody ahead of his sentencing in January. 

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