Man jailed for brutal assault in the street
The victim of an "unprovoked" attack in north Belfast who underwent emergency brain surgery was punched a total of 16 times as he lay motionless on the ground, a court heard.
The attacker, Ben Cullinan (24) from Glenville Park in Newtownabbey, was handed a sentence of four years and four months.
Belfast Crown Court heard that Cullinan was wearing just a pair of boxer shorts when he sat astride his victim to administer the flurry of punches to the other man's head and face. Following the punches, Cullinan then stood up and stamped on the other man's face with his bare foot as he lay prone on the ground.
The incident occurred on the Antrim Road in the early hours of February 23 last year and was captured on CCTV.
The victim, who was 24 when he was attacked, suffered life-altering injuries and spent two weeks in ICU after undergoing emergency brain surgery, followed by a further five weeks in hospital.