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Attack outside pizza shop leaves man fighting for his life

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Posted by The King Slayer 2017 years ago in CCTV
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Shocking CCTV footage shows the moment a man was punched to the ground in the street and left with 'catastrophic' injuries that have ruined his life, a court heard. Michael English, 30, was locked up for assaulting the 49-year-old man after asking him for a light outside Gi-Gi's takeaway in Middlesbrough. The victim falls to the ground unconscious after a second punch, causing injuries including a brain bleed and put him in a coma, Teesside Crown Court heard.English approached and asked for a light outside the pizza shop at about 2.15am on July 9 last year. The video shows the men standing 'almost nose to nose'. English then punches the older man then, as he tried to stand up straight, strikes him again. The victim's hits his head on the pavement and was unconscious for about 10 minutes. He was taken to James Cook University Hospital and put into an induced coma. He underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on the brain and insert a titanium plate. In a moving statement read out in court, the dad-of-two told of the life-changing physical and psychological effects of the late-night assault. He said he was traumatised, frustrated and robbed of his independence and control over his life. He told how his mental health was '90 per cent down' and he became emotionally volatile, crying constantly. He added: 'I don't feel like the same person. It has changed me from a normal person into someone who can't walk most of the time. 'I constantly have to think first to make sure I consider my safety before I move anywhere. I have to check my path to make sure I'm safe. I don't feel secure. 'I go to bed not wanting to wake up sometimes. 'All I know is I went out on a night with my girlfriend. We were happy. I had a new job. All of a sudden I woke up in hospital unable to move. 'My whole left side feels like it's wrapped in tight bandages. I have constant pins and needles. 'He's ruined my life. Everything I had has been taken from me. I've never hurt anyone, ever. I want the person who did this to me to receive the justice deserved.' His sister said: 'This shouldn't have happened. This lad had no thought for his actions. Our lives have changed completely.' English, from Middlesbrough, handed himself in to police after a media appeal and pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm - the third street assault on his record. His barrister Richard Bennett said he expressed remorse and was 'shocked and horrified' at seeing the CCTV. He said English reacted unreasonably, throwing the first punch when the victim put his forehead to his own. Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, told English he could have caused death with his impulsive, spontaneous and violent behaviour. He jailed English for 22 months.

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