A BOUNCER from Wirral has been jailed for four years in Greece after a vicious attack on a holidaymaker.
Patrick Samuel Quinn, 24, was dubbed the most dangerous Briton on Corfu by police after leaving a Scotsman in a coma on the holiday island last summer.
He stamped repeatedly on his victim's head, even though he lay unconscious, and then went on the run for two days before handing himself to the Greek authorities.
John Dryburgh, 26, from Glasgow, was in a coma for 11 days. Doctors said that every bone in his face and head had been broken and that air had entered the brain.
Quinn, of Stoneby Drive, Wallasey, had faced an attempted murder charge but it was reduced to grievous bodily harm.
He was expected to get a 10-year jail sentence but pleaded diminished responsibility because he is autistic and was given four years.
The court heard a police report of the incident that said Dryburgh was attacked close to the Rolling Stone bar at Kavos, after the two men had a falling out there during a round of drinking.
Dryburgh fled the bar but was chased, cornered in a back yard and beaten to near-death by Quinn.
He was first hit with knuckledusters before his face was repeatedly stamped upon with Quinn's heavy boots.
The court heard Quinn denied the vicious beating, claiming he merely gave chase to four youths who had stolen a bag from an English girl, and hit one of them in self-defence after being hit first. Quinn, who has been held in a Greek jail for 14 months, told the court: "I was working as a guard at a club, when a woman started screaming that her bag had been snatched.
"So I started chasing the guys who apparently did it, and was helped in this by the girl herself and two other guys. I myself only focused on the one English-speaker who was holding the bag, and he was the one who hit me first.
"So I hit him back and got the bag. I certainly cannot remember beating anyone badly or doing the things I have been accused of." His Greek lawyer, Tatiana Zervopoulou, appealed to the court to accept the testimony of a psychiatrist supporting the defence's claim that Quinn should be allowed extenuating circumstances on the ground that he is autistic.
Dr Thanos Mavreas of Athens University, said he examined Quinn and found he was "not totally balanced".
"He does not appear to be capable of distinguishing various degrees of a situation", he said.
"He seems to see things as simply black or white.
"And if he starts something he may not be able to control himself."
Before being led off to prison, Quinn said: "I can't complain, as it could have been worse.
"Life in prison has not been too bad. I've been treated decently and now look forward to being allowed to work. That will help time to pass quicker. I look forward to my appeals trial.
"I never meant to harm anybody, and I'm sorry if I did. But I think I've suffered enough for it."
His mother, Moira Quinn, 50, was at the trial in Corfu with her youngest son Christopher, who works as a sports instructor in France.
She said: "It might sound strange, but I'm pleased. I think we can see the light at the end of the tunnel."