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'ADDICT LEFT PENSIONER FOR DEAD'.

Byline: By Ben Glaze South Wales Echo

A DRUG addict left a pensioner unable to talk or move after a brutal hammer attack in his own home, a court heard. Cardiff Crown Court was told that Dominic Abdi, 34, was behind the almost fatal assault. A DRUG addict left a pensioner unable to talk or move after a brutal hammer attack in his own home, a court heard. Cardiff Crown Court was told that Dominic Abdi, 34, was behind the almost fatal assault.: FROM PAGE 5: Man rained hammer blows on victim's head::A RETIRED Merchant seaman tried to fight back as he was brutally attacked with a hammer by a convicted armed robber a court heard today. Cardiff Crown Court was told 34-year-old heroin addict Dominic Abdi was behind the horrific attack in which 64-year-old Bobby Burton was left for dead at his home in Butetown, Cardiff, last May. Prosecuting Patrick Harrington QC said Mr Burton had been left permanently brain damaged, unable to speak and needing 24-hour care after the frenzied attack. But he said: It looked as though Bobby Burton put up a bit of a fight because some of the injuries he sustained are what the expert witnesses described as defence injuries, the sort of marks you get when you try to protect yourself. But he was no physical match for Abdi who was drugged crazed physically stronger, armed and violent. Mr Harrington said Abdi had inflicted many, many blows with the hammer that were directed at Mr Burtons head fracturing his skull and causes six open wounds down to his scalp.

Mr Burton was later found by friends who was convinced he was dead when they discovered him lying lifeless in a pool of blood with his glasses and false teeth next to him.

Mr Harrington told the court a paramedic said it was one of the worst cases of injuries he had seen in his 30-year career.

He said they were similar to that of a victim of a road crash.

The court heard he fled the city following the attack and called his teenage step-niece Vanessa Elizabeth Akbar asking her to throw away a bloodstained bag.

Mr Harrington said: She got rid of it by phoning a friend and getting her to take it from the flat and put it out with the rubbish.

Akbar, 19, of De Burgh Street, Riverside, Cardiff, is also on trial and denies attempting to pervert the course of justice.

After the attack Abdi, of Chester Street, Grangetown, Cardiff, later arrived in Chepstow where he stayed at the Beaufort Hotel. As he was leaving he stole pounds 2,200 from the safe.

When he was almost captured by the son of the proprietor he turned round and pulled a gun on him, said Mr Harrington.

Abdi admits theft but denies using an imitation gun in the raid. He left Chepstow and went to London where he was arrested two months later shoplifting from a supermarket following a massive manhunt.

The court heard he gave a false name to police but was trapped by fingerprints and brought back to South Wales where he was charged.

The trial is due to last four weeks. Yesterday, the jury heard that Abdi was sentenced to eight years in prison in January 2001 for armed robbery and two years before that he was convicted of an armed robbery at an Indian restaurant.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 9, 2007
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