A thug who knocked out a man and then repeatedly kicked the unconscious victim in the head in a Black Country street has been jailed for two years and eight months.
Jack Davies drank seven pints of lager before launching the attack on Alan Higgott, a court heard. He had downed so much alcohol in two pubs he had "little recollection of the events".
Prosecutor Mr Muhammad Hafeez told Wolverhampton Crown Court that CCTV footage showed 36-year-old Mr Higgott being knocked out in Duke Street, Wednesfield, by
Davies, aged 21, who then walked away before returning to the scene shortly afterwards.
He then kicked the victim twice in the head before fleeing on April 3 last year.
The injured victim was rushed to hospital and put on a life support machine suffering from a brain haemorrhage and facial fractures, the court heard. He was finally released after treatment.
Friends and family made inquiries in the area after the attack and gave information to police who swooped on the home of Davies in Victoria Avenue, Wednesfield, after a public appeal.
They checked his phone and found he had sent a text message to his father that read: "You know that thing that happened in Duke Street. It was me. I did not know he was in hospital. I did not know the bloke was badly hurt. It was just a fight."
Mr Jasvir Mann, defending, said: "He is not ordinarily a violent man. He over reacted to something that night and is filled with horror at what happened."
Davies admitted wounding.
Judge Michael Dudley told him: "This was an appalling incident. You went back to the victim as he lay on the ground, stood over him for some time and then delivered two kicks to the head and neck area."