A PENSIONER has admitting attacking an 80-year-old war veteran for no reason as he walked along the canal in Northwich.
Ernest Morley, 73, pleaded guilty to a charge of grievous bodily harm against Fred Lovell at Chester Crown Court on Tuesday, July 1, and will be sentenced next month.
Judge Roger Dutton heard Morley, of Stretton Walk, Northwich, pushed Mr Lovell to the ground in October last year. The victim spent 11 nights in Leighton Hospital after breaking his thigh bone.
“The only thing I can remember is being knocked over,” said Mr Lovell, of Dukes Way. “I was about to say good morning and he just bashed me over.
“I have to use a walking stick now because my leg aches a lot when I walk. I hope he gets 20 years but he’ll probably just get told he’s a naughty boy.”
Mr Lovell’s upper leg is now held together by plates and screws. “The person just came along and pushed him over. It was horrendous,” said his wife, Maureen. “He’s fit for his age and has never needed my help before but now he needs looking after more.”
Morley will return to Chester Crown Court on August 18 to be sentenced.