Teen jailed for attacking boy with 24 nails hammered into a ‘Walking Dead bat’

The baseball bat used in a brutal attack which left a 16-year-old boy disabled for life was emblazoned with the word “Lucille” in a nod to hit zombie TV show the Walking Dead.

John Calais Woolsey, 18, was today jailed for eight years for the horror attack, which took place on November 13 2018.

Derby Crown Court heard Callis-Woolsey adapted the baseball bat by hammering 24 nails into it, prior to the Chapel Street, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, attack.

The victim, known only as Oscar for legal reasons, suffered a bleed to the brain has been left severely disable for the rest of his life.

Callis-Woolsey was seen “celebrating” the evil act by doing the Fortnite famous flossing dance.

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Sending the teen to a young offender’s institution, Judge Nirmal Shant told him: “What you prepared for that incident was, in effect, an adapted weapon.

“You put 24 nails into that bat and that must have taken some time to do.

“You did that in order to prepare yourself for that encounter and you wrote the word Lucille on it emulating some video game or whatever.

“Thereafter, as he left the scene, you did a victory dance celebrating what happened.

“Oscar has been left with such severe brain injuries that he will never recover and never lead the life of a young man.”

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Dawn Pritchard, prosecuting, said Oscar had been to Nando’s in Derby with a friend on the night he was attacked.

The friend drove him to Wirksworth where he dropped him off for an arranged meeting with Callis-Woolsey and Kyle Cullen.

Callis-Woolsey then used the bat to strike Oscar over the head three times.

Ms Pritchard said: “Oscar’s friend saw Oscar holding his head.

“He said he had been hit over the head three times with the bat.

“As they drove down the road the friend saw Callis-Woolsey and Cullen jigging around, doing the flossing dance from the Fortnite computer game, which is done when a player defeats someone else.”

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Ms Pritchard said Oscar’s mum called an ambulance when he arrived home with blood over his face and head.

The air ambulance also attended and took Oscar to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where a CT scan revealed a severe bleed to the brain.

Ms Pritchard said: “It was a severe life-threatening injury, a fracture had displaced his skull.

“Oscar has permanent brain damage.

“Three months after the assault he was tetraplegic and dependant on full nursing care.”

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Callis-Woolsey was arrested at 5.30am the next morning and answered “no comment” to police questions.

Ms Pritchard said investigators later found evidence he had Googled terms such as “prison sentence for GBH with intent” and “what sentence for putting someone in a coma.”

Analysis of the baseball bat found Oscar’s DNA on a bent metal nail sticking out of it which Callis-Woolsey had hammered into it.

Of the weapon, Ms Pritchard said: "It had 24 nails hammered into it and also on it was written ‘Lucille’ which is a reference to the TV show The Walking Dead.

“In the show the bat called Lucille has barbed wire wrapped around it and there is a suggestion he was trying to emulate this on his own bat.”

Callis-Woolsey pleaded guilty to assault occasioning grievous bodily harm with intent and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Stuart Lody, mitigating, said: "In a letter he has sent to you, your honour, he says ‘I am sorry for all the pain I have caused and I wish I could turn back the clock’."

Kyle Cullan previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to a 12-month detention and training order.

Kevin Tomlinson, mitigating on Cullan's behalf, said: “He regrets getting involved, it was a stupid decision and if he could turn back time he would do.”

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