Teen slams ‘joke’ sentence after haymaker punch left dad with life-changing injuries


The family of a man left in hospital for 72 days after being punched outside a pub has slammed his attacker’s ‘disgusting’ sentence.

David Amos was left unconscious and unresponsive after Nathan Walley hit him with a ‘haymaker’ outside The Noah’s, in Hartshill.

The 42-year-old suffered life-changing injuries due to a devastating bleed on the brain, as well as fractures to the base of his skull, cheek, and left eye socket.

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He has had to learn how to walk and talk again and was forced to give up his career as a lorry driver.

Meanwhile, Walley, 31, of Cromer Road, Northwood, was last week jailed for 16 months.

Now David’s devastated daughter Lucie Amos has told how she believes Walley should have been locked up for longer for his crime.

Speaking after the case, the 18-year-old, from Wolstanton, said: “I think it’s disgusting, it’s a joke.

“The sentence is not anywhere near long enough. The police told me he would get about four years. If he has good behaviour he’ll be out in eight months, but he is a danger to everybody.

“He was running around the pub with no top on, tensing his arms and being threatening.

“My dad’s life will never be the same again, he’s been given a life sentence.”



Nathan Walley, aged 31, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm

Lucie says her family have been living a ‘nightmare’ since that day on August 28 last year.

Her dad had been attending his best mate’s wake when a row broke out over a drink.

Lucie, an apprentice teaching assistant, said: “I was out with my friend in Nantwich when I got a phone call at 1am saying I needed to come to the hospital as my dad was in a life-threatening condition.

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“I rushed to the hospital and got there at 2am. My dad was covered in blood in intensive care and multiple people were working on him.

“I didn’t think it was real, I was in so much shock. It felt like a nightmare. You never expect to see someone in your own family in that way, especially not your dad.

“He was put in an induced coma. With coronavirus only one person was allowed to visit him and that was my nan. I couldn’t see him for three months and my nan could only see him for 30 minutes a day.



Nathan Walley was jailed after punching a man outside Noah's in Hartshill
Nathan Walley assaulted his victim outside Noah’s in Hartshill

“I live with my dad and at the time of the attack I had just turned 17. It meant I was living on my own during lockdown while he was in hospital.

“When he moved to the Haywood we were all finally allowed to see him. He was so confused and he couldn’t remember a lot.

“He couldn’t even remember how old I was, he couldn’t remember how old my brother was or our middle names.

“He didn’t come out of hospital until November 9. He almost lost his life.”

Devastatingly, Lucie doesn’t think her dad will ever be the same.

She said: “His talking is still not exactly the same and his short time memory isn’t good.

“We didn’t know if he’d be able to walk again at first. He can walk now, but he used to love running and he still can’t do that at the moment.

“He had to give up his job as a lorry driver. He’s been doing a little part-time job recently, but when he was in hospital he only got a small amount of benefits and we were really struggling.

“There was a fundraiser set up that raised £9,901 and that really helped to pay the mortgage and bills.”

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Lucie says seeing her dad’s injuries has also had a lasting impact on her own mental health.

She added: “Me and my dad are really close and it’s been awful. My dad gets on with everybody and we were so shocked that this had happened to him.



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“It’s been horrible, I couldn’t even face going in work when it first happened and had to have loads of time off.

“When I went to Newcastle to watch the England final in the Euros there was a group of lads fighting and I broke down, I couldn’t even look at it.

“I don’t think our lives will ever be the same.”





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