Man, 32, awaits sentence after a vicious attack

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A 32-YEAR-OLD man has been found guilty of a vicious attack which left a homeless man in a coma.

Daniel Portela, of Ceylon Place, has been found guilty at Hove Crown Court of causing grievous bodily harm which left local man Carl Anderson with a serious brain injury.

Mr Anderson was taken to Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre, Haywards Heath, after the attack in Langney Road on March 22 and is receiving ongoing treatment for his serious condition.

At the time, doctors said he was critically ill with life-threatening injuries.

On the night of the attack, police and ambulance crews were called to the scene at around 12.30am after a passer-by discovered the man lying in a pool of blood.

He was rushed to the DGH before being transferred to the specialist centre at Haywards Heath.

Police officers kept a guard on the scene throughout the night until first light when forensic teams began looking for evidence and senior detectives arrived.

Children making their way to neighbouring Bourne School the next morning had to walk round police cordons and traffic was diverted as the small strip of road outside Bar Coda was closed off.

Portela denied the assault but was remanded in custody and found guilty recently.

Portela will be sentenced on November 14.