Man jailed for shooting 15-year-old boy in the head
The 15-year-old was left critically injured
A man has been jailed for more than 11 years for shooting a 15-year-old boy riding on the back of a motorbike in the head.
The air gun pellet lodged in the victim's brain but he survived after being treated in intensive care.
The once-active teenager who loved the outdoors has suffered life-changing injuries, he said after Steven Thompson (39) from Hewitt Avenue, Sunderland, was jailed for 11 years and 10 months.
Thompson was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court after admitting grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of a firearm and perverting the course of justice.
The child said in a statement: "Physically and mentally my life has changed beyond recognition, this will continue for the rest of my life."
He said: "I was a full-of-life teenager and had a large group of friends. I always had fun with them.
"I don't remember being shot or anything leading up to the incident but I do remember waking up in intensive care and thinking I can't move, the reality was that I couldn't actually move.
"I couldn't speak properly or even lift my head up.
"I had lost my dignity and I couldn't even go to the toilet without assistance. I was disabled. I felt like my life had been taken away from me, I was a shell of my former self."
He said: "I feel anxious, scared and worried all of the time. This leads to me being angry and frustrated I can't do the things I want to and I will never be able to follow my dream of a career in construction."
The victim said Thompson had shown no remorse and had left him critically injured in the street.
He said: "I want him to know that I nearly died.
"But he won't be bothered about that. He is only concerned about himself."
His mother said: "It is truly heartbreaking to see a once active young boy fighting to get his body and mind back to what it once was.
"He is inspirational and his determination is unbelievable. I am so proud of him."
Detective Inspector Ed Small, said: "This has truly been an awful incident and Thompson's actions have left this poor young man with severe life-changing injuries.
"No 15-year-old should have their freedom or dignity taken away from them in this way."