An Iqaluit man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a beating which left his victim with permanent brain damage.

In court Tuesday, Justice Andy Mahar called the crime "a murder without a body."

In July 2011, Geteonie Kopalie, 25,  was drinking at a home in Apex. He was asked to leave by resident Edward Norman.

Kopalie left, but later returned with his brother and a fight ensued.

Witnesses say Kopalie kicked and stomped on Norman's head.

As a result, Norman suffered a brain hemorrhage.  He spent weeks in hospital. He has undergone 16 months of physical therapy in the south.

Norman now lives with his mother in Newfoundland and Labrador and is permanently disabled.

During a past court appearance, the Crown prosecutor referred to a victim impact statement from Norman's mother, who now cares for her son.  She said she has to remind him to shower and shave and since the incident he's now like a child.

The defense had asked for a sentence of 18 months to two years, while the Crown asked for four years in custody.

Mahar went beyond that and sentenced Kopalie to five years.

The judge said Kopalie’s intention was to destroy Norman, and that he had gone back to the house looking for trouble.

Kopalie was on probation at the time of the incident.

He showed no emotion as his sentence was being read. He has been given credit for the four-and-a-half months already spent in custody. He will serve the remainder of his sentence at a federal penitentiary in the south.