Following the sentencing of their son's killer, Joseph Starzacher's family have release a statement paying tribute to a "lovely young man in the prime of his life".
Joseph was punched unconscious in Salisbury City Centre in 2007 and later died from Pneumonia in 2010 because of immobility problems relating to the attack in 2007.
His family said:
"To see Joseph’s life taken away in such an act of unprovoked, mindless violence has had a devastating and heartbreaking affect on all those who knew him.
We have had to endure seeing Joseph locked in his body unable to communicate for three years watching his deterioration that eventually led to his death in 2010.
This has been deeply distressing for us all but especially for his daughter Megan who was the apple of his eye.
Despite going through two trials and two appeal processes we can now begin the process of moving on from this horrific ordeal knowing that Adam Cross, the person responsible for our grief, has been found guilty of murder."
A man from Salisbury has been found guilty of murder, after viciously attacking a man in Salisbury City Centre in 2007.
Adam Cross, who is 35, was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 14 years, for the murder of Joseph Starzacher.
Joseph was attacked by Adam on Sunday 29th July in 2007 on a night out with his friends.
He was kicked so hard in the head that he lost consciousness.
He underwent emergency surgery and Cross was convicted with grievous bodily harm in 2008.
Joseph was left in a 'Persistent Vegetative State' and caught Pneumonia in August 2010 because of his immobility and died.
Medical experts concluded that Joseph’s death was linked to the head injury he received that day.
Cross was serving the initial sentence for Grievous bodily harm with Intent but following Joseph’s death it is right and proper that he was put before the courts to stand trial for his murder. This case is a stark reminder of the serious consequences of violence. Joseph lost his life and his young daughter lost her Dad because of the actions of Adam Cross."