Man admits Doncaster New Year’s Eve attack

Victim: Ian Eldridge
Victim: Ian Eldridge
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A MAN accused of a New Year’s Eve attack in Bawtry which left a victim suffering life-threatening injuries has admitted the crime.

Paul Oakden, aged 21, appeared in the dock at Doncaster Crown Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on Iain Eldridge.

Mr Eldridge suffered serious brain injuries in the incident outside a hairdressing salon at the junction of High Street and Station Road in the early hours of January 1.

Oakden, whose usual address is Kingswood Close, Bawtry, indicated the plea at an earlier hearing.

His defence team say he intervened because he ‘saw a lady was upset’ but accepts he did not feel threatened by Mr Eldridge, who is 35.

The judge granted a defence request for a pre-sentence report and adjourned the case until May 21.

Oakden was granted bail with conditions that he lives in Scawsby and does not go out between 7pm and 7am, has no contact with prosecution witnesses, and reports to police twice a week.

Mr Eldridge, who lives in Auckley, suffered a brain injury when he was felled by a single punch in the incident shortly after he left The Penny Farthing pub with his girlfriend.

The father-of-two spent several weeks in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, receiving treatment before he was transferred to a Doncaster hospital.

Mr Eldridge, a gas engineer, had just celebrated the start of the New Year at The Penny Farthing with his girlfriend before they started walking towards Station Road, when the altercation occurred.