THE wife of a man who was left with permanent brain damage is suing the owners of the nightclub where he was attacked.
Lisa Snowden has launched legal action against Mustang Sallys for negligence after her husband, Phil Snowden, was left unable to walk, talk or eat after an unprovoked and brutal assault.
Adam Smith kicked and punched Mr Snowden, known as Big Phil, so hard he sustained spinal injuries so severe he needs 24-hour specialist care.
Since the attack, in October 2010, Mrs Snowden, 33, and the couple’s family and friends have campaigned for zero tolerance against drunken violence.
Mrs Snowden said: “We know that Smith was involved in a fight in the club earlier that night but he wasn’t kicked out.
“We’re not doing this for the money, it’s about saying to the owners what they did was wrong.
“We need procedures in place to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
She has appealed for any witnesses who were in the club on October 17, 2010, to come forward.
Smith, 24, of Pontefract, was jailed for nine years and four months last November at Leeds Crown Court.
The family have also set up an e-petition calling for zero tolerance against drunken violence on the Government’s official website.
If more than 100,000 people pledge their support and sign it, it could be debated in the House of Commons.
Mrs Snowden said: “Phil’s story seems to have touched a lot of people and we know that attacks like this happen far too often.
“We need a change in the law, we need zero tolerance against drunken violence and we need it now before an another innocent person is hurt.”
To sign the e-petition log on to http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/23706
A campaign group has been set up on Facebook called Justice 4 Big Phil.
To contact Mrs Snowden’s legal team call Paul Carvis at Godloves Solicitors on 0113 2258811.