Police have released CCTV images showing a man repeatedly stamping on the head of a teenager who was unconscious on the ground in Birmingham.
Cameras on Birmingham's Broad Street recorded the 18-year-old being knocked to the ground with a punch before the man went on to stamp on the back of his head and neck up to 10 times.
It happened shortly before 4am on Sunday 9 September near to the Revolution bar.
The victim sustained injuries to his face and lost several teeth. It was feared he would lose the sight in one of his eyes but his vision returned.
West Midlands Police say the CCTV footage is too shocking to be shown in full and have only released still images of the attack.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Sarah McDonnell, 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.”
The main aggressor is described as a light-skinned male in his late teens or early 20s, just over 6ft tall. He was seen wearing a cap which he handed to a friend before the attack.
DC McDonnell added it could have been a murder inquiry:
“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. “We have very clear CCTV images of the offender and also the males who were with him on the night...I’d urge them to make contact with police.”