Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Josh Henry Corker pleads guilty to Sheffield attack

A man has pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm over a Sheffield street attack which left another man needing round-the-clock care.

Josh Henry Corker, aged 23, of White Lane, Chapeltown, admitted attacking the unnamed 35-year-old from Wigan on 28 April 2012.

The victim suffered "significant brain injuries" and a fractured neck, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Corker was given bail and will be sentenced on 20 December.

The victim was walking with a friend in Sheffield city centre, close to the Yorkshire Building Society, when three men approached singing football songs.

It is thought that he made a passing remark about Sheffield United having lost a football match, to which Corker responded aggressively, swearing at him before punching him in the face.

He fell to the ground, hit his head and was taken to hospital with "life-changing" injuries, the court heard.

Detective Constable Joanne de la Torre said the case had devastating consequences for the victim and his family.

She said: "This was an alcohol-fuelled attack on a man who was enjoying a night out in Sheffield city centre."

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