The mother of a young man left with half his skull missing following a horrifying attack has criticised the criminal justice system after it emerged the two thugs responsible will never face prosecution
Steve Gator, 26, spent two weeks in a coma and was given just a 15 per cent
chance of survival after he was punched to the ground as he walked home from work.
Surgeons were forced to remove the front half of his skull to save his life, but the forklift driver has been left horribly disfigured and brain damaged following the brutal assault.
Mr Gator's mother, Nina, 47, today spoke of her outrage after it emerged neither of the teenage brutes who attacked her son are to face justice.
Despite Mr Gator's obvious injuries, the Crown Prosecution Service have dropped the case claiming there is not enough evidence
to go ahead with the prosecution.
''It is ridiculous for the CPS to say they do not have enough evidence, you just have to look at Steve to see the damage they have caused,'' Mrs Gator, who cares for her son full-time, said. ''What more evidence do they need?
Mr Gator, from Romford, Essex, was walking home from work at around 7.30pm on January 15 this year when the attack happened.
He claimed he overheard a group of youths talking about his cousin and threatening to harm him, so confronted the group.
But he was set upon by two teenagers who started throwing punches.
Mr Gator was knocked off his feet and smacked his head on the pavement.
But Mr Gator, who has been forced to quit his job, has been left with brain damage and suffers frequent seizures. He can no longer drive, has difficulty talking, and his memory and personality have been altered forever.
Police quickly arrested the two youths responsible and charged them with unlawful wounding