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Nightclub attack left victim needing life-saving surgery, Leicester court told


A nightclubber suffered permanent brain damage after being felled by a punch, causing him to bang his head on a kerb, a jury heard.

After Jamie Nethercott delivered the forceful haymaker blow, he skipped and jumped about "as if in celebration," it was alleged.

The victim underwent life-saving surgery, which involved having part of his skull and brain removed at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre.

When the 34-year-old victim's life-support machine was turned off, it was not known if he would live or die. He survived but has been left with "severe and life-changing injuries," said Rebecca Herbert, prosecuting.

CCTV footage of the incident, in the city centre, was shown to a jury at Leicester Crown Court yesterday.

Nethercot (19) earlier targeted the victim, attacking him on the dance floor of the Lamplighter's pub in the city centre.

When he saw the victim outside moments later he went across the road and floored him, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on a stone kerb or a step.

Nethercot, of Pollard Road, Braunstone, denies inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, in the early hours of July 21 last year.

He accepts causing the injury and admitted a lesser count of GBH, which was not accepted by the prosecution.

He also admits causing an affray on the pub dance floor.

Mrs Herbert said the only issue in the case was whether or not Nethercot intended to cause serious injury.

She said: "I'm not suggesting the defendant could have known he would have been injured in the terrible way he was. The question is, when he punched him did he mean to seriously hurt him.

"The prosecution say it was a punch directly to the face, a full force haymaker blow, intending to cause injury. "

The 34-year-old complainant, who was married and lived in Beaumont Leys – but now lives elsewhere – was on a night out with a friend.

The victim's friend was also assaulted on the dance floor by an associate of Nethercot, who was in a group of four.

Mrs Herbert said CCTV footage showed the defendant "jumping around" as he went off with his group leaving the victim unconscious.

Nethercot declined to give evidence in court.

His barrister, James Varley, told the jury late-night fights rarely resulted in such serious harm.

Nethercot delivered a single blow outside the pub, not intending serious harm and left.

He said: "You may think he (Nethercot) was violent and yobbish and he accepts that. He didn't go up and kick him in the head."

The jury, who were sent home overnight, are due to resume their deliberations today.

Nightclub attack left victim  needing life-saving surgery, Leicester court told

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