A drunk offender has been locked up after punching a man who was recovering from a stroke in an unprovoked attack.
Lee Wilson confronted the victim in a pub beer garden and hit him with such force that he required hospital treatment.
The victim had only recently learnt to walk again after months of rehabilitation and suffers from an underlying medical condition.
Wilson, aged 41, of Meadowvale Crescent, Clifton, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday (17 August 2022) where he was jailed for 10 months after being convicted of grievous bodily harm without intent.
Detective Constable Rory Greer, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a nasty and completely unprovoked attack on a victim who was having a quiet drink with friends.
“The victim’s recovery from a stroke was put at risk by this violent assault and we were determined to get justice for him.”
The incident took place at a bar in St James Street, Nottingham, at around 8.50pm on 14 May 2022.
Wilson, who later admitted he was so drunk he could not remember large parts of the day, approached the victim as he was sat with friends.
Witnesses described him as acting aggressively, ‘puffing out his chest’ and seeking a fight.
Wilson was said to be ‘towering’ over the victim, who remained seated, when he landed the punch.
The victim was left slumped in his seat, unable to stand up or move parts of his body before he was helped by bar staff and then taken by ambulance to Queen’s Medical Centre.
He is now recovering well from his injuries.
DC Greer added: “This type of violence that has absolutely no place in our society, so we’re pleased to see Wilson has been punished for his actions.
“Nottinghamshire Police has a zero-tolerance approach to all incidents of violence.
“This case should serve as a warning to other people that we take these offences extremely seriously and will not tolerate this kind of violence in our communities.”