Harlow: Man convicted over drill attack
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A man has been convicted of attacking his neighbour with an electric drill in an argument over late night DIY.
Officers were called to an address in Church End, Harlow at around 1pm on 3 August last year after reports a man had been attacked with an electric drill.
When they arrived officers found a man, 45 year-old Eddie Anchunche still with the drill in his hand.
Through their investigations they established Achunche had been confronted by the victim who was unhappy with Achunche had been drilling late the previous night and had been keeping other residents awake.
Witnesses told officers they saw the argument and then saw the aftermath where the victim was lying on the floor with Achunche, of Church End, Harlow, standing over him with the drill in his hand and calling the ambulance service.
The victim, a man in his 30s, sustained serious injuries to his head and face, with the drill bit found to have gone 5cm into his brain.
He had a bleed on the brain and now has significant weakness and physical impairment on his right upper and lower limbs, he has double vision in his left eye and brain damage, resulting in memory and cognitive issues.
Anchunche claimed he was acting in self defence and hadn’t meant to hurt anyone.
However, he was arrested and charged with GBH with intent and a charge of GBH without intent was added at court.
Following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court he was found guilty of GBH without intent and not guilty of GBH with intent on Monday 20 September.
He will be sentenced at the same court next month.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Alana McCreath, from Harlow CID, said:
“This was a brutal attack which has resulted in life-changing injuries to the victim.
“It is unimaginable to use a power drill against another person but Eddie Achunche did just this.
“The victim will have to live with the consequences of Achunche’s actions for the rest of his life.
“Achunche has shown little remorse for his actions and instead tried to convince officers he was just acting in self defence."