Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Stanway.
The victim, a 19 year-old man, was walking with two friends along Maldon Road at around 3.50am on February 25, 2017 when they became involved in a verbal altercation with three males.
One of the males punched the victim in the head and he fell to the floor.
The victim suffered a fractured skull and is now recovering at home.
The male who attacked the victim is described as white, about 17 years-old, of skinny build, with short fair hair with a tattoo on his right hand, and wearing a grey top.
One of the other males is described as between 18 and 20 years-old, of medium build, with short dark hair and wearing a dark hooded top.
The third male is described as larger than the other two and wearing dark clothing.
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Dc Duncan Collyer at Colchester police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.