Four thugs who were involved in the kidnapping of a Midland man who had his finger cut off as part of a £60,000 ransom demand had previously left a nightclubber fighting for life after a brutal attack.
Anthony McLeod, 34, Kofi Poyser, 23, Lewis Poyser, 24, and Lemar Grant, 26, set upon the 25-year-old victim at the back of the Clique nightclub in Silver Street, Coventry.
During a sickening assault on June 30 last year they beat their victim unconscious - leaving him with bleeds on the brain and multiple facial fractures.
He was rushed to hospital where it was initially feared he could die.
But he recovered and police later identified Lewis Poyser from a registration plate of a vehicle seen outside the club. He and the three others later pleaded guilty to GBH with intent.
Detective Constable Tonino Rossi, of Coventry CID, said there had been a prior incident in the Clique involving the same men and the victim which was quickly quelled by security.
When the victim came out of the club shortly after 4am, the gang pounced and launched the brutal attack, which was caught on CCTV.
DC Rossi said: "Lemar Grant walked straight up to the victim and with force punched him straight in the face. The other three attackers then waded in and joined in the assault.
"The victim fell to the floor and the four men then proceeded to repeatedly kick and stamp on his head and torso.
"At one point you can see the victim is unconscious because of the way his body moves. He is also not defending himself in any way.
"There were numerous kicks in total, indiscriminate, but aiming for the head and torso.
"At one point the CCTV of the incident shows the victim bouncing off a brick wall.
"Then the attack stops for a few moments before Mr McLeod returns to continue stamping on the victim's face and kicking him in the head.
"The victim can be seen on the CCTV lying unconscious. His face is immediately swollen and there is blood pouring from his head and blood on the ground.
"He suffered two bleeds to the brain and multiple facial fractures."
The victim did not make a complaint to police so the case became 'a victimless prosecution'.
DC Rossi said: "With the registration number of the car seen on the night and by viewing CCTV of the night before anything happened we identified one of the offenders.
"I have had previous dealings with Kofi Poyser through my work and through various investigations was able to identify him, McLeod and Grant.
"We had no cooperation from the victim which of course makes it more difficult for the police.
"The victim provided no statement and did not allow us to use photographs of his injuries or medical evidence.
"But all the men pleaded guilty to the crime."
The officer added: "This was a violent crime by people with a flagrant disregard for the rule of law. There is the impact on the victim and of course members of the public have had to witness what happened too.
"The result in this case shows that police will always investigate a crime to the nth degree irrespective of whether we get cooperation from a victim.
"The quality of the CCTV in this case was not bad but I think the fact these men carried out such an attack without concealing their identities in any way indicates that they thought they were above the law.
"It took time identify all of them, particularly so with Lemar Grant.
"However we were helped in doing that by the fact he had a distinctive tattoo - a scorpion - on his neck. You could not tell it was a scorpion from the CCTV, it was just a blurred symbol image. But we did some technical work using a video expert who was then able to match the CCTV image to the scorpion on his neck."
Van where kidnap victim Damien Lowe had finger cut off
The four men went on to become involved with six others, from Birmingham, Tipton and Coventry, in the brutal kidnapping of Damien Lowe, whose finger was cut off and sent to his family as part of a £60,000 ransom demand.
They will be sentenced for the nightclub attack at the same time as for the kidnap case on January 23.