A 29-YEAR-OLD has pleaded guilty to kicking a man in the head after a night out in Bicester.

Ellis Rodney, of no fixed abode, was set to stand trial for the single count of inflicting grievous bodily harm but admitted the charge at Oxford Crown Court yesterday.

At the plea hearing Judge Nigel Daly said the injuries sustained as a result of the attack which took place on June 11 last year were of 'considerable severity.'

The victim was treated in hospital for his injuries and required surgery.

Rodney had been arrested in connection with the assault the day after it took place and was released under investigation.

He was not charged in connection until April 5 and appeared before magistrates on April 26.

Defending Clare Wade QC said at the hearing yesterday that despite his earlier intention to stand trial her client now accepted his guilt and had kicked his victim in the head. She added that since being on remand in custody he had made good progress.

Despite asking to be sentenced that day prosecutors asked for reports to be prepared to fully explore the medical implications on his victim.

Medical reports were ordered and Rodney was remanded in custody to await sentence.

He will be sentenced at the same court on September 18.