Police are hunting a thug who was caught on CCTV stamping on a teenager’s head ten times as he lay unconscious on the pavement in a sickening street attack.
The horrific attack – described by one experienced detective as the worst she had ever seen in her career – left the 18-year-old victim with life-changing injuries.
The apprentice engineer had been on his way home from a night out in Birmingham city centre when he was caught up in a scuffle.
He was pushed to the ground but when he got up to confront one of the men in the group he was floored by a single punch.
The man proceeded to brutally stamp on the victim’s head and neck around ten times – repeatedly slamming his head into the pavement.
Shockingly, the yob even booted the teen after he had lost consciousness and lay face down on the ground.
Police appealed for witnesses to the callous attack after revealing the victim may lose the sight in one eye after suffering serious facial injuries.
Det Con Sarah McDonnell, of West Midlands Police, described the incident as one of the most sickening she had seen in her 15 years on the force.
She said: “The victim was a totally innocent party, he got caught up in an incident and was understandably unhappy at being shoved to the ground.
“He approached the aggressor and was then punched to the floor and repeatedly stamped upon.
“He was lying prone, face down on the floor, and unable to defend himself, it is the most cowardly, sickening attack I’ve ever seen and I’d urge anyone who recognises the offender or any of his friends shown on CCTV to contact us.
“The attacker, who was having an altercation with another group moments earlier, is seen on camera seemingly trying to justify his actions to some of the throng of people who gathered at the scene before he nonchalantly slopes off.
“Many people witnessed the attack and I’d also ask them to come forward and report what they saw; they could hold important information.
“The offender hangs around for up to a minute after the attack, along with his friends; there’s a chance one may have referred to the offender by name and if so we’d like to know.
“Thankfully the victim is recovering in hospital but the severity of the attack, the repeated and furious stamping on his head, meant we could have been looking at a murder enquiry.”
Horrific CCTV stills taken by cameras on Broad Street, Birmingham, show the attacker in the middle of his brutal assault which happened at 4am on September 9.
His foot can be seen just inches above the victim’s head as the teen lies unconscious on the floor.
The main aggressor is described as a light-skinned male in his late teens or early 20s, just over 6ft tall, skinny build with wide shoulders and a shaved head.
He was wearing a cap which he handed to a friend before the attack.