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A youth who left a former pupil of Belmont School fighting for his life after a school centenary event has been sent to a young offenders' institution for three years.

Tyrone Williams aged 18 from Acton was one of a group of youths who had got into a disagreement with some of the guests at the party. After an altercation he used a wooden pole to crack open the skull of Richard Walters.

Richard , known as Ricky, had been attending the party on June 18th last year. He had left the event to get cigarettes with Joe Turner who was aged 16. On their way they passed a group of 3 or 4 youths and words were exchanged.

As they made their way back into the school building Williams uprooted a wooden post that was being used to support a sapling and followed Ricky Walters into the school car park. He swung the post at his victim's head leaving him unconscious with a gaping wound in his head. At the same time another attendee at the party was being threatened with a knife by a member of the group.

Richard's mother said following the attack, "We cannot believe that someone could attack him outside the grounds of a school during their centenary party, attended by children and adults of all ages."

January 20, 2005