A 29-year-old man who attacked a young boy leaving him with a bleed to the brain and a broken leg has been sentenced to nine years.
Michael Meurs, of Salmon Close in Nottingham, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today (Friday 12 April 2019) having pleaded guilty on 5 December 2018 to a count of Section 18 grievous bodily harm.
The young boy had been rushed into the Queen’s Medical Centre by ambulance after an emergency call reporting that he had become unwell with a headache, vomiting and was unresponsive. Staff examined him and immediately became suspicious of the injuries he had sustained which also included more than 30 bruises to the rest of his body and a bite mark.
Meurs was arrested a short time later but tried to claim he had no idea how the boy had suffered his injuries, spinning a web of lies that involved him falling over and banging his head. However, he was charged as a result of the medical evidence, witness accounts and phone work which highlighted his bad temper.
The boy needed brain surgery and has been left with scars.
Detective Sergeant Simon Harrison said: “Meurs is a dangerous individual with no limit to the violence he is capable of inflicting on others. He attacked a vulnerable, young boy to such a severe degree, knowing full well that he wouldn’t be able to defend himself.
“It is a despicable crime and we are glad that we were able to provide all the evidence needed to hold him to account for what he did. No child should be treated in this way and I’d like to applaud the young boy and his family for their bravery, and thank my team for their relentless approach to this difficult case.”