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A man has been jailed after carrying out a savage attack after a New Year’s Eve party in Birmingham five years ago.
Jason Webb was left in a coma and fighting for his life after he was repeatedly kicked in the head following a dispute at a house party in Kernthorpe Road, Kings Heath on 1 January 2015.
Last week (Thursday 23 January) Adam Taylor, aged 34 from Brockworth Road, Druids Heath, was found guilty of the assault which has left Jason with neurological injuries, meaning he has difficulty communicating with his family and requires round the clock medical care.
Jason, now 33, still suffers with the devastating impact of the assault and his life will never be the same. His family have suffered years of worry, upset and uncertainty about Jason’s future.
Today (Friday 31 January), Taylor was sentenced to 13 years and eight months in prison.
A new witness came forward
During a trial which started at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday 6 January, 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 in January 2015, 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 24 January last year.
The court heard how Jason was subjected to a nasty and malicious attack and that Taylor was seen jumping up and down on him in the street.
Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from the homicide team, said: “My thoughts and sympathy remain with Jason and his family.
“This was a brutal attack on a young man who had his whole life ahead of him. That’s been taken away by Taylor’s mindless actions on that evening.
“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.
“I hope the outcome today offers some comfort to Jason and his family who have been extremely brave throughout this process, which I understand has been extremely difficult for them all.”
A heartfelt statement from Jason’s family
“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.
“The attack has left Jason with severe brain damage, he will require care for the rest of his life. Jason has gone from a happy-go-lucky person to someone who requires 24-hours a day support.
“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.
“We truly appreciate the hard work that all the professionals who’ve worked on Jason’s case and his ongoing care invested over the years. We thank the police and CPS who have worked so hard and helped and supported us through a difficult and truly traumatic process.
“We would like to acknowledge the witnesses that came forward and say thank you to them. Lastly thanking all the people who over the years have supported our family in the pursuit of some form of justice for Jason.”