A family has issued an emotional appeal for information almost two years after a vicious street attack left a 30-year-old man with life-changing injuries.
Jason Webb was repeatedly kicked in the head after he was punched to the ground in the early hours of January 1, 2015 after attending a New Year’s Eve party.
He was left lying in the road in Kings Heath, Birmingham, for seven hours before he was found at 8am when paramedics were called.
His heartbroken mother Anita Larden, 55, released a shocking picture of her son lying in a coma which he remained in for four weeks.
Jason suffered devastating neurological injuries in the attack and doctors treated him for several bleeds to the brain.
He also suffered cuts to his head and face which required stitches as well as a broken arm and nose.
Now almost two years on from the attack Jason still has difficulty communicating with his family and requires around the clock medical care.
West Midlands Police arrested a number of people in connection with the assault but no-one has ever been charged.
Yesterday (Thurs), Jason’s devastated family members launched another appeal for information and urged the people responsible to come forward.
His aunt Jackie said: “As a mother, I struggle to understand how the mother of the people responsible can live their life knowing what they have done to Jason and not feel any sense of shame or guilt.
“I would beg them to do the right thing so we can find some justice and peace for Jason.
“Jason is a fun loving uncle who is adored by his niece and nephew and they still find it difficult to understand that their uncle will never be able to play with them again.
“We want Jason to keep some of his dignity so we don’t want to go into detail how his life is now, but we will say this – his life will never be the same.
“Potentially he will struggle to walk again and have difficulty in communicating and he is partially blind in one eye and his hearing is impaired.
“This is extremely upsetting for Jason and for all his family and friends.
“The toll this has taken on the family is hard to express.
“Jason’s mum’s health has deteriorated, she is reluctant to leave her home at times and worries that when the phone rings it is bad news about Jason .
“She is afraid for her family and no one should live like this.
“We are sure that people know who assaulted Jason and we want them to search their hearts and come forward, phone the police with information, and let us finally be able to live again.”
Jason’s mother Anita released a heart-wrenching picture of her son lying in a coma in hospital last year.
The shocking image shows Jason lying with tubes in his mouth as well as black eye and bloodied cuts all over his lips, face and head from where he was kicked.
Speaking at the time, Anita, of Kings Heath, said: “After he was beaten, he was left lying in the road for seven hours before being found and medical help was called.
“The people who did this know who they are and there are people who have information.
“They need to do the right thing and contact police with information. I would never want anyone to suffer the way Jason has.”
West Midlands Police confirmed Jason’s attackers are still at large despite “a large-scale policing operation”.
Detective Inspector Jim Munro said he believes information from within the local community is the key to solving the case.
He added: “We understand the devastating impact this assault has had on Jason and his family and we are still actively investigating the attack.
“Our enquiries have been extensive but we still need people to come forward and tell us exactly what happened that night.
“We believe he was attacked in the street and left there until he was found by passers-by the next morning at around 8am.
“They may be afraid but I can reassure them that we will ensure that they are dealt with confidentially.
“For Jason and for his family, please do the right thing and come forward.”
Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101. Alternatively people can leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers the independent charity on 0800 555 111.