Five men sentenced for parts in Norwich attack which left man in …

Five men sentenced for parts in Norwich attack which left man in coma

10:55 02 May 2015

Peter Walsh 1

Jai Waller. PIC: Submitted by Norfolk Police.

Jai Waller. PIC: Submitted by Norfolk Police.


Five men have been sentenced today in connection with a fight in Norwich which left a 21-year-old man in a coma for four weeks.

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An altercation broke out at the offices of Loyal Taxis on Rose Lane before moving out onto the street.

The victim was a bystander to the fight, which happened at about 4.30am on Monday, May 5 last year, when 23-year-old Jai Waller, of Coleburn Road, Norwich, punched him once causing him to collapse immediately, leaving him unconscious. The victim was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital where he remained in a coma for four weeks. He had suffered two fractures to his skull, swelling on his brain and a collapsed lung.

He is now recovering but has been left with permanent hearing difficulties. Waller pleaded guilty to Grievous Bodily Harm at a previous court hearing and was sentenced to two years in prison at Norwich Crown Court today. Cane-Jamie Paton, aged 20 and of Fishers Close, Norwich; George Goreham, aged 20 and of Knowland Grove, Norwich; and Tai Norton, aged 23 and from Mansfield Lane, Norwich, all pleaded guilty to affray at an earlier hearing and have also today been sentenced to six months in custody.

A fifth man, 22-year-old Daniel Goreham of Knowland Grove, Norwich was sentenced to a 12 month comminity order and 80 hours unpaid work after pleading guilty to threatening behaviour.

Detective Sergeant Dave Freeman said: This was an incident between two separate groups of friends which got out of hand very quickly and left a man fighting for his life in hospital.

This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated in the city centre and today s sentencing reflects that.

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