A man has been jailed after carrying out a ‘brutal’ attack on New Year’s Day, in 2015, that left his victim in a coma and fighting for his life.
Adam Taylor, 34, was given a 13-year sentence after assaulting Jason Webb, 33, at a house party in Kernthorpe Road, Kings Heath, in Birmingham.
The court heard Taylor was seen jumping up and down on Mr Webb in the street and repeatedly kicked him in the head.
Mr Webb was left with severe brain damage, still has difficulty communicating with his family and requires round the clock medical care.
During a trial which started at Birmingham Crown Court on January 6, the jury heard how a new witness came forward in December 2017 and offered further significant information about what happened that night.
Taylor had previously been arrested and charged with assault shortly after the attack, however, the case was discontinued due to insufficient evidence.
Detectives acted upon the new information and Taylor was charged with assault and appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on January 24 last year.
Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from the homicide team, said: “We know some sort of dispute took place at the party, but the level of violence used was completely unnecessary.
“Taylor then callously left Jason seriously injured in the street.
“We believe more people may have been involved, so our investigation continues.
“We’re still keen to hear from anyone who may have information.”
Jason’s family released a statement, saying: “It is heart-breaking to see Jason as he is now in comparison to the person he was prior to the attack which robbed him of his future life.
“Jason was very close to his sister and her children. She misses him daily and the close relationship they once had.”
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They added: “The last five years have been a living nightmare for all of us.
“Each of us has suffered tremendous heartache and pain.
“So many lives have been damaged due to the callous actions of Jason’s attacker.
“As a family we feel that we have been given a life sentence and Jason will never have the opportunity to live the life that he could have had.
Taylor, 34, from Brockworth Road, Birmingham, was found guilty of the assault on January 23.
He was sentenced to 13 years and eight months in prison on Friday.