A teen who smashed his former teacher’s face ‘like cornflakes’ and left him for dead has lost his final bid to evade justice and now faces sentencing for the brutal attack.
Lukas Mikoliunas was 17 when he ambushed victim Christian Dawson and punched him several times in the face in an unprovoked attack.
Mr Dawson, 40, suffered horrific injuries and was left blood-soaked on the pavement in Hull, East Yorkshire.
He was concussed and blinded for 24 hours, and a surgeon likened his facial injuries to "crushed cornflakes", the Hull Daily Mail reports.
Mikoliunas, who was identified by his victim through Facebook, returned to court yesterday in a bid to have his conviction overturned, but his appeal was denied.
The attack happened just after 2am outside the Jet Garage in Princes Avenue on March 18, 2017.
Mikoliunas had denied any involvement but was convicted of grievous bodily harm in August last year following a one-day trial at Hull Youth Court.
In his appeal at Hull Crown Court, the unashamed teenager claimed a case of mistaken identity, with his defence lawyer, Stephen Robinson, even resorting to criticising Mr Dawson for the amount he had drunk.
The dad-of-one, who recognised Mikoliunas from his time as a teacher at Sirius Academy West, had five pints and one Jack Daniel’s and Coke during a night out with friends.
He said he was “tipsy” and “merry” but Mr Robinson tried to imply he was more intoxicated than he was letting on.
Mr Robinson said: “I have got to suggest you were more affected by the alcohol thank you say you were. You were a bit more drunk weren’t you?”
The victim replied: “I have never been so drunk that I can’t recall the events of the evening and certainly in this instance, where nothing like this has ever happened to me before, I have got no doubt that the memory of who it was that assaulted me is not impaired by the alcohol I drank.”
Mr Dawson was forced to relive that fateful night as he answered questions in court by Mr Robinson, prosecutor Julia Baggs and Recorder Tim Roberts QC.
Mr Robinson took aim at the accuracy of Mr Dawson’s first statement given to the police when he was still in hospital just a day after the attack.
He described it as “pretty inaccurate” and Mr Dawson admitted that he did mistakes because he was under the effect of painkillers and was still confused from the concussion he had suffered at the hands of his attacker.
In a final attempt to distance Mikoliunas from the attack, Mr Robinson claimed Mr Dawson had tried to pin the blame on the teenager after being shown a picture of Mikoliunas by a former colleague.
When he was shown the photo and realised Mikoliunas was the attacker and the person he had seen in Khan’s takeaway hours prior to the attack, Mr Dawson had immediately called police.
Mr Robinson said: “When you say the person who hit you was the same male in the takeaway you are mistaken about that aren’t you?
“By this stage you were desperate to find the person who had done this weren’t you?”
Mr Dawson retorted: “I know it was the same person in the takeaway.
“The one thing that has remained accurate was that the person who hit me was the person in the takeaway and I have known that all along.”
Recorder Roberts QC assessed the evidence given by all parties, including Mr Dawson, a passer-by who came to the teacher’s aid, and Mikoliunas himself.
He admitted that while Mr Dawson’s process of identifying his victim through Facebook was not “conventional,” it was “accurate and reliable” to the standards needed to attain a criminal conviction.
This meant Mikoliunas’ appeal against his conviction was not upheld.
Throughout his ordeal, Mr Dawson, who now teaches at Sirius Academy North in Orchard Park, has pleaded with his attacker to show remorse.
Four months after the attack, he admitted he is still haunted by the terrifying encounter which left his young daughter too scared to look at him because of the extent of his injuries.
Mikoliunas is now set to be sentenced for the attack on his former teacher and for a separate burglary offence in three weeks’ time.
He was denied bail by Recorder Roberts QC and will be remanded in custody until he is sentenced.