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Former Daventry Man Jailed for Attack

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Former Daventry Man Jailed for Attack

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Former Daventry man Ryan Smith was jailed today for three and a half years for an attack that left his victim with life-changing injuries including a fractured skull.

Smith, 25 and of no fixed abode had been drinking with 27 year old Twaha Yahaya before he punched and kicked Mr. Yahaya sending him flying down a set of stairs. This led to him being in a coma for weeks after the assault in Northampton.

A jury found Smith, who has a history of violence, guilty of wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The court heard that Smith invited Mr Yahaya back to a house after the pair had been drinking at a park when, for unknown reasons, he “punched and kicked” him, causing the victim to fall down a staircase.

Smith took “near-lifeless” Mr Yahaya to Nursery Lane, next to Kingsthorpe Recreation Ground in an abandoned shopping trolley, and left him there after the attack.

Sentencing, Judge Michael Fowler said the “callousness” of Smith’s actions was underlined by his lack of effort in helping Mr Yahaya get treatment, which may have worsened the severity of his injuries.

“You rang the emergency services but you gave up in anger and in drink. You left him there not knowing whether he was going to be found or get treatment.” the judge said.

Prosecutors said Mr Yahaya had only recently been released from round-the-clock treatment at a brain rehabilitation unit.

He remains with “a level of cognitive impairment”, has little movement in his left arm and requires glasses because of “blurred” vision as a result of the attack.

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