The family of a tattoo artist killed by a single punch have paid tribute to their “loyal and caring” son.
Joseph Kent, 27, was punched on the side of the jaw and upper part of his neck outside Xscape, suffering a brain haemorrhage.
He never regained consciousness and, after being pronounced brain dead two days later, his life support machine was turned off.
Today the man who threw the fatal blow, Samir Bostan, was found not guilty of Mr Kent’s manslaughter.
Joseph’s parents, Tony and Jenny Kent said: “Joseph was a lovely man who was also a great friend, not only to me, but a loyal and caring person to so many of his own close friends.
“He has kept friends since primary school, adding more and more through his life.
“As a youngster he was into drama and I remember attending so many school plays, he joked he was going to win an Oscar one day.
“He joined a band and worked as a barman, but whatever he did he did it to the nth degree, and always with a great sense of humour.
“It was through his work as a tattoo artist that he expressed his most creativity and found the greatest satisfaction. Tattooing was a skilful expression of art for Joseph, not at all meant to intimidate.
“He is greatly missed by us, his parents, and was big brother to Matthew, Daniel and sister Bethany, who all wanted to be like him in some way.”
They added: “I would like to thank South Central Ambulance Service and the staff of Milton Keynes General Hospital intensive care unit, whose care of Joseph after the assault gave us two more days to say goodbye to him.
“They gave him the utmost respect and dignity and were so accommodating to all our family’s requests.
“Finally, our thanks to the Crown Prosecution Service and Thames Valley Police Det Ch Insp Gill Wottoon and her team for bringing his case to trial.
“Finally, our heartfelt thanks to Det Con Nikki Smith, our family liaison officer, for her understanding and compassion during this process.”
His wife, Mrs Emma Kent: “Joe was kind and gentle and very funny, always joking and the centre of attention.
“He cared about his family more than anything in the world and would do anything for them.
“If you were his friend for five minutes, you would become a friend for life and he would literally give you the shirt off his back.
“As his wife, he looked after me really well. He was so soft-hearted that he was the one that cried at our wedding!
“He was a very talented tattoo artist and spent a lot of time making a name for himself in that field.
“He was passionate that his artistry left a permanent mark on the world and he wanted to leave something behind, which he did.”