Man jailed for ferocious attack in Wakefield nightclub - victim will never walk or talk again

Adam Anthony Smith
Adam Anthony Smith

A MAN has been jailed for a drink-fuelled attack of such “calculated ferocity” that his victim will never walk or talk again.

Adam Smith, 25, launched an unprovoked attack on Phillip Snowden in Mustangs Sallys nightclub, on Westgate, on October 16, last year, Leeds Crown Court was told.

Smith punched Mr Snowden at least eight times before kicking him.

A witness said the attack, on the dance floor in the club, was similar to a goal keeper kicking a ball towards the halfway line.

Mr Snowden, 33, was left with permanent brain damage and a fractured spine.

Sentencing Smith to nine years and four months, Judge Chris Batty said: “He (Mr Snowden) had such a severe head injury and fracture of his spine that he will never walk again, he will never talk again, he will never be able to share any time with his wife in any meaningful way because of you.”

The court heard Smith, of Cobblers Lane, Pontefract, had a history of violence when he was drunk.

Mitigating Robin Frieze, QC, said: “A day doesn’t go by when he doesn’t sit and think about what he has done to Mr Snowden.”

Speaking after the hearing, Detective Superintendent Paul Taylor, said: “This was a vicious unprovoked attack which led to injuries so severe that the victim will be disabled for the rest of his life and will require extensive around-the-clock care. This case serves as a stark reminder, if ever one was needed, of the consequences of violence and what such acts can do to all those whose lives are affected.

“I would like to pay tribute to his family who have acted with great dignity throughout our investigation and the subsequent court case.”