Steven King (pictured) was released seven months into a two-year term after leaving a man permanently disabled with one punch

After leaving behind a man with one punch and a permanent disability, Steven King was released after seven months of a two year term.

After just seven months, a thug that attacked a Good Samaritan and left him speechless has been freed from prison.

Jason Gunn’s family, fifty, expressed fury that Steven King had already fled after he took his grandfather, much loved, of his future.

After punching Mr Gunn once, the aviation inspector declared him permanently disabled.

He fell forwards, hitting his head against the pavement. This caused severe brain damage and will not heal.

King of Nuneaton, aged 57, left the scene and did not seek medical attention. He was sentenced to two years in Truro Crown Court, March after pleading guilty to unlawful wounding.

The victim’s family was told last week that he had been rehabilitated and would be back on the streets by Christmas.

Popular family man, Mr Gunn was in Looe (Cornwall) at the time. He had gone out on a night with his partner and Wendy, the defendant.

King and Wendy were arguing about a lengthy wait for a taxi. When the argument turned physical, the court saw Mrs King end up on the ground.

Wendy was hit by a punch and Mr Gunn ran for Wendy’s help.

Although he spent many weeks in a vegetative state, doctors did not expect him to make it. But miraculously, signs of life began to appear the next day.

Jason Gunn after the attack

Jason Gunn after the attack

Jaason Gunn’s family was informed that he would not survive an attack. After spending several weeks in a hospital coma, he miraculously showed signs of life a few days after his doctors considered turning off his life support. Pictured with Jason and Ann Marie Brown, his sister.

He is still mentally and physically incapacitated, even with all the improvements. There’s no hope of him ever getting better.

Although his family claims they are already upset at his two-year sentence of leniency, they claim that this was made worse by learning that he has already been released.

Sister Ann Marie Brown (54), Barwell, Leicestershire said that it was a sham. He stole my brother’s body and he will never lead a normal lifestyle again.

“Seven and a Half Months later, he was free. What is the point of that? This just makes no sense.

“He’s never had Christmas without his family. Now, my brother is approaching the second point in his life where he cannot be at home.

He can’t even use the bathroom, get up from his bed or wash himself. His sentence is for life and he will need to be looked after by someone.

“In my opinion, there is no way that I can take my brother’s lives. To serve such a brief sentence and then be released is absurd. “My brother’s life doesn’t even have a value of seven months.”

Mrs Brown claimed that her brother went out for drinks and dinner with King and his wife. They began arguing after waiting for over an hour for a taxi.

Pictured: 50-year-old Jason Gunn before the attack which left him with permanent brain injury

Pictured before and after the brain-injury attack, Jason Gunn was 50.

King punched Mr Gunn, causing him to fall and smash his head against the curb.

Jason was saved initially by an off-duty firefighters. He was then rushed to Derriford Hospital where he was placed in a coma.

Mrs Brown said that he was a lost soul. The brain was bleeding and had fractured.

My dad was instructed to be ready for the fall because he wouldn’t make it. That night, we thought that we would lose him.

Even the medical staff told his family that they would turn off all the machine keeping him alive, just one day after he opened his eyes to see and began to wiggle his fingers and toes.  

He was half-dead and had his brain sticking out of his skull the first time we met him. He was unable to eat or talk and needed his food through his stomach.

Pictured: Jason is currently living at Woodrow House, a rehabilitation facility in Leicester

Pictured is Jason, currently in Woodrow House. It’s a rehab facility located in Leicester.

Jason was transferred then to Leicester General Hospital, 21 August. He then went to Woodrow House to receive rehab.

Brown said that they had performed miracles together. He is not the same person again, and will be forever brain injured. 

“Things have moved so far. His mental and physical disabilities will not go away. We have had moments where we felt we were losing him.

“We celebrated his 50th Birthday on Friday, if that is what you call celebrating, it was not the way we had planned to celebrate it.”

Mrs Brown stated that she wants tougher sentences to be delivered by reforms of the justice system.

Elle added that she couldn’t attend the trial, as it was closed to public due to Covid. The police station was supposed to allow us to view it live, but we were unable to connect.

Life sentence: Jason's family say he can not go to the toilet, wash or get out of bed and that he is serving a life sentence after the attack and 'will always need someone to look after him'

Jason is currently serving a life sentence. His family says he cannot go to the bathroom, get up from his bed or wash and that Jason will always require someone to care for him.

“We expected him to receive three to five year terms, but the judge was diabolically lenient, and he only got two years.

“He was sent down March 27, and has been there for seven and a quarter months. He came out on Wednesday.”

“It was worse because we couldn’t attend court, and we didn’t get to communicate what Jason was, his love and why he was so popular.

“I think that the justice system is a mess. It is difficult to see how awful it really is until you’re actually in it. It is time for things to change, not just Jason but anyone who finds themselves in this situation.

“Jason was a hardworking man who loved to have fun and be a good friend.

“He came to Looe in 2003 and made a great life and friends. In that moment, it was all taken from him.

Judge Simon Carr stated to the court that no matter the severity of the injury, sentencing guidelines would not apply.