Lincolnshire man jailed for 'appalling' attack
A Lincolnshire man has been jailed for seven years after an attack which left his victim in a coma for three weeks.
Carl Grubey, 25, stamped on Carl Frith's head on Lee Street in Louth on 19 September 2010.
Grubey, of North Somercotes, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and perverting the course of justice at Lincoln Crown Court.
Mr Frith, 34, is still receiving treatment for his injuries and is blind in one eye.
Grubey, of Humberstone Holt, admitted kicking Mr Frith after he had been knocked to the ground by another man.
He later got a friend to hide the clothes he was wearing at the time of the attack, the court heard.
Recorder Richard Jones QC told Grubey that the consequences of the attack were appalling and there could be no justification for the assault.
Jamie Stevens, 25, of St Bernard's Avenue, Louth, who admitted delivering the initial punch, was given a 12 month suspended prison sentence and 150 hours unpaid work on a charge of affray.
Alistair Phillip Brown, 23, of Mill Way, Fulstow, was jailed for six months after he admitted perverting the course of justice.
Mr Frith was treated for serious head injuries at Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield and spent four weeks in intensive care after coming out of a coma.
After the hearing, Mr Frith's family said: "Carl suffered horrendous injuries in the attack and the sentence handed down by the judge sends out the message that such a level of violence can never be justified or tolerated.
"It has been a long and difficult year for Carl but he has made tremendous progress and we will carry on helping and supporting him as he continues his rehabilitation and rebuilds his life."