Northampton man jailed for attack which left victim with life-changing injuries

A man who left his victim with life-changing injuries after attacking him and then dumping him near lifeless body in a park has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Ryan Smith, aged 24, formerly of Dorset Road, Kingsthorpe, was arrested shortly after the attack on Twaha Yahaya in the early hours of August 8 last year.

Northampton Crown Court heard Smith had punched the 27-year-old causing him to fall down the stairs of the property causing catastrophic injuries.

He then lifted Mr Yahaya into a discarded shopping trolley which he dumped in Nursery Lane, next to Kingsthorpe Rec.

His victim was taken to University Hospital Coventry where he was treated for a fractured skull and a bleed to the brain.

He remained in a coma for several weeks and suffered life-changing injuries as a result. The court heard he had only recently been released from round-the-clock treatment at a brain rehabilitation unit and had been left with severe memory problems and little movement in his left arm.

Smith was found not guilty of a section 18 malicious wounding offence, but guilty of a section 20 offence, causing grievous bodily harm.

Speaking afterwards, senior investigating officer, DI James Larkin, of Northamptonshire Police, said: “Smith has been jailed today for a brutal and completely motiveless attack that left his victim with devastating injuries. I hope, while in prison, Smith takes time to reflect on his actions that day.

“Twaha and his family can take some comfort from today’s sentence knowing the man who carried out this attack will be locked up for some considerable time. Everyone who worked tirelessly on this case to convict Smith will be hoping Twaha continues to make progress on his long road to recovery.”

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