A FELPHAM man has been sentenced to nine months in jail for a punch up which left his victim fighting for his life.
Nathan Mhuto, 24, of Outram Road, pleaded guilty to affray and common assault after a fight outside Lola Lo’s nightclub in Brighton.
He was sentenced on Monday to nine months for the affray and three months for common assault. Both sentences will run concurrently.
Detective Constable Sophie Tullett, who led the investigation, said outside court: “We are pleased Mhuto has been jailed and justice has been served for Ryan and his family.
“This was a thorough investigation and, thankfully, Ryan has made a full recovery, amazing after it was thought he might not survive.
“We worked hard to bring Mhuto to justice for his part in Ryan’s injuries.
“A custodial sentence reflects the seriousness of the assault and Ryan can now begin to move on with his life.
“He has been through so much and is still having physiotherapy to build up his strength.”
The fight happened around 3.30am last December 28 outside the East Street club. A group of men began to brawl and punches were thrown.
The victim, Lancing man Ryan Geall, 20, was punched on the back of the head but walked away from the scene.
He collapsed on the seafront a few minutes later.
He was initially taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital but was transferred to Hurstwood Park Hospital at Haywards Heath with a bleed on the brain.
He stayed in a medically induced coma for some weeks and doctors feared he might die.
Mhuto was charged with causing GBH but, when his trial started in September, he pleaded guilty to affray and common assault.
CCTV footage shows some of the fight and Mhuto punching Ryan several times but they disappear from view on occasions.
It ws unclear if Mhuto caused the full extent of the injuries.