THE victim of a vicious assault which left him on a life-support machine has spoken out after his attacker was sent to prison for eight years.
Phillip Rennison was beaten unconscious with a metal table leg and left for dead on the footbridge at Northwich railway station in the early hours of Sunday, June 25.
His attacker, Andrew Curbishley, 26, of Birch Grove, Wincham, was jailed after admitting assault at Chester Crown Court on Friday.
Mr Rennison, 30, said: 'I don't know whether I'm happy or not about the sentence. It's good that he is no longer on the street, but his attack nearly killed me and now I wonder whether it will happen again.'
* Caused brain damage which has wiped Mr Rennison's memory of the assault and left him unable to read or write.
* Cut off one of his ears. Although it was reattached, he is deaf on one side and has lost his balance.
* Left him with movement and locational difficulties so that he is unable even to walk to his local shops.
* Meant he has trouble concentrating, leaving him unable to perform simple tasks for himself.
* Permanently damaged his vision.
He said: 'I was on a life-support machine for over a week, and my parents, who came back from Tenerife when they heard about the attack, saved my life.
'The doctors were talking about switching off the machine because they were so sure I wouldn't make it and it was only because my dad insisted they keep it on that they changed their minds.
'The following day, I came round.'
Mr Rennison, who was living at Victoria House, Northwich, at the time of the attack, needed round-the-clock treat-ment and spent a further week in intensive care, plus another seven days in a high dependency ward.
Now he says he may never be able to pick up the pieces of his former life.
He said: 'My life was good. I had a job, a car and three children. I was about to buy a house in Northwich and I was looking forward to the future. Now, I can't read or write, I'm deaf in one ear and I lose my balance all the time. Some of these things are permanent.
'There are so many everyday things I just can't do any more. I can't cook, as I leave things on or put them in daft places where they shouldn't be, I can't go to the shops as I get lost on my way back home, I can't play football with my son any more.'