A man accused of a street attack which left the victim in a coma has appeared in court.
Graham Hull, 34, of Stockton Road, Hartlepool, was remanded in custody when he was produced at Hartlepool Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning.
He is charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent against Kirk Weaving.
It is alleged that Hull knocked Mr Weaving, 30, to the ground with a single punch.
The incident is said to have happened on Cornwall Street, close to Uppingham Street Hartlepool, at around 8.15pm, on Saturday, October 3.
Prosecutor Alan Davison told the court that Mr Weaving remains in hospital in a coma.
He said an attempt by medics to bring him out of it on Tuesday were not successful.
Hull, did not enter any plea to the charge which can only be dealt with at the crown court.
But his solicitor David Smith said he denies the allegation and will contest it in a trial.
Magistrates remanded Hull in custody to appear at Teesside Crown Court on Wednesday, October 28, at 10am.