Thug who dressed as The Joker dropped bowling ball on man’s head from window

A thug who was “notorious” for dressing up as Batman villain The Joker attacked a council worker with a bowling ball wrapped in cloth.

Damien Hammond, 31, dropped it directly on his victim from his flat window and caused him catastrophic, life-changing injuries.

The victim, who was picking up a broken TV from the side of the road, suffered lasting brain trauma, Nottinghamshire Live reports.

Hammond, of Nottingham, was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and jailed for 12 years, with his licence extended for four years on release.

He had been smoking Mamba to excess and had not slept for three days, police said.

Stuart Lody, prosecuting, told Nottingham Crown Court he had "unleashed" a bowling ball wrapped in a piece of cloth on December 30, 2019.

Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Sarah Gregg said Hammond was notorious for dressing up as The Joker.

She said: “He has had convictions before where he has been dressed as The Joker.

“The public are aware that he hangs around town dressed as The Joker, causing public order incidents normally and theft incidents.”

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Hammond dropped the bowling ball directly on his victim from a window 14ft up from the pavement.

DC Gregg said: “There were two council workers and they had stopped their van at the side of the road to pick up a broken TV which was underneath his window.”

She said he had been “basically trying to tell” them to “leave the TV” while leaning out of his top window.

DC Gregg said: "He became aggressive with them and told them he was going to come down.

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“The council workers were just saying 'this is our job to clean the streets up. We are going to clean this off the pavement'.

"Damien Hammond got a bowling ball, which was wrapped up in a leg of a pair of jeans and knotted, and he threw it out of his window at the council workers, knowing full well that they were underneath his window and intending to cause them really serious injury."

He intentionally went and selected a very heavy item and literally dropped it on someone's head, she added.

The officer said the victim suffered a “very serious head injury that in the end amounted to lasting brain trauma”, which has “hugely affected” him and his family.

Judge James Sampson said Hammond has previous convictions spanning 17 years and no fewer than 110 offences on his record, telling him "you are a prolific offender".

He added: "You are an anti-social, threatening and violent individual and your behaviour is escalating in terms of seriousness."

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