Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Sheffield man spared jail for paralysing punch thrown in 'fit of anger'

A man who pleaded guilty to a Sheffield street attack that left the victim paralysed and unable to speak has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Josh Corker, 23, assaulted the unnamed 35-year-old in 2012 after the man made a remark about a football result.

The victim suffered "significant brain injuries" and a fractured neck.

Corker, of White Lane, Chapeltown, received a two-year prison term, suspended for two years, at Sheffield Crown Court.

He was ordered to carry out 270 hours of unpaid work and given a six-month curfew.

Corker pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm at the same court in November.

'Brink of death'

It is thought the victim 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.

Speaking after the sentence was passed, the victim's mother said: "My son has been through a hellish time.

"He has fought for his life on many occasions and has been at the brink of death.

"Now, after all these months, we do not know if he will be any better than he is today."

Det Con Joanne de la Torre, of South Yorkshire Police, said the victim, from Wigan, was unable to move or talk.

She said: "The life of a young man and his family have been changed forever due to what was a single punch, thrown in an alcohol-fuelled fit of anger."

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