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21 year old Sam Page left his victim brain damaged and paralysed punching him during a night out in town last October.
Page, from Wilkinson Street in Hyson Green in Nottingham has been jailed for 3 years after pleading guilty to GBH.
He punched a 59 year old Nottingham man once in the head while in the Market Square early on Sunday 31st October 2010 - the victim fell backwards onto tram tracks and suffered life-threatening head injuries, including bleeding and swelling to the brain, as well as a broken jaw and several broken teeth.
He underwent emergency surgery at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre and nearly ten months on, he remains in care in a stable condition.
Although he is making progress, he is unable to communicate and it is likely he will require full time care for the rest of his life.
CCTV recovered by police showed that the victim had been punched by Page, who had attended a party in Lenton earlier in the evening and was wearing a Superman fancy dress outfit.
He made a full admission to police.
Detective Constable Perveez Rashid, from St Ann's CID, said: "Page attacked the man in the middle of the city centre in an entirely unprovoked and violent attack.
"As the result of a single blow to the head, he suffered catastrophic injuries. The vicitm has limited speech and spends much of his time confined to his bed or a wheelchair. He has brain damage and is paralysed and will probably need full time care for the rest of his life.