An attacker left a stranger with brain damage after repeatedly stamping on his head while celebrating walking free from court earlier that day.
A judge described the attack by Sean Rogers on Francis Leonard as “one of the most violent I have ever seen recorded on CCTV” after the shocking footage was shown in court.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that, after the assault outside Annie McCarthy’s bar in South Shields on October 7, Rogers boarded a passing bus and boasted to passengers that he had just killed someone.
Mr Leonard spent a week in hospital with a broken nose and jaw and brain swelling, followed by six weeks on crutches due to balance problems.
He needed surgery to fit a metal plate to his jaw fracture and was left with memory problems.
Rogers, celebrating his 29th birthday that day as well as the court case result, was high on drink and drugs at the time of the attack.
He had earlier warned ‘I’m going to do him’, the court heard.
Rogers, of Orpen Avenue, South Shields, has convictions for 69 previous offences.
Judge Penny Moreland jailed him for five years and four months after he pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Neil Pallister, prosecuting, told the court: “Earlier on, he was boasting it was his birthday and he had been at court that day for threatening to stab a police officer.
“The record shows he was at court that day over a suspended sentence.”
Judge Moreland told him: “In June 2013, you committed an offence of disorder, and you were given a suspended sentence.
“On the day of this, you had been to court and had been fortunate enough not to be sent to prison for breach of that order.
“I have seen CCTV which shows you push him to the ground, and it is one of the most violent attacks I have ever seen recorded on CCTV.
“You are fortunate that you did not kill him, such was the force of that attack.”
The court heard that despite the brutality of the attack and the severity of his injuries, Mr Leonard has made a good physical recovery.
Christopher Morrison, defending Rogers, said: “Whatever his bravado may have been on the bus, in drink, he now demonstrates contrition and remorse.”