Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Blinded; Victim of Nightclub Assault Outraged That His Attacker Is Unlikely to Be Jailed

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Blinded; Victim of Nightclub Assault Outraged That His Attacker Is Unlikely to Be Jailed

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Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter

HE was left blinded in one eye and now faces losing the sight in the other after a savage nightclub attack.

Disfigured for life, Omar Hussein today spoke of his anguish after his attacker walked free from court on bail with a likely suspended sentence.

Mr Hussein, 28, said he will have to live with his injuries for life but his attacker has not been jailed.

He said: "It's a disgrace that no-one's gone to prison for this attack.

"I've lost the sight in one eye and may lose sight in the other. This man has had one day worrying whether he'll go to jail, yet I have a life sentence with my injuries.

"He had been charged with wounding with intent, but the charge was reduced to lesser one and now he hasn't even been given a prison sentence."

Mr Hussein, a local authority performance data analyst, has had to pay for private surgery to rebuild and repair his face. He had been left with an eyeball hanging out and had to have the eye removed.

The night of violence happened at Tiger Tiger in Newcastle's The Gate Complex.

Mr Hussein's left eye was left hanging by the optic nerve, and despite emergency surgery, the sight could not be saved.

The Tynesider said: "My family and friends have supported me throughout, but my confidence is shattered.

"My most recent operation was just five weeks ago. I had a metal plate put in which allows the eye socket to rest on it for support."

David Gloyne's blows caused the appalling injury after a brawl broke out near the nightspot's VIP bar in the early hours of Sunday, February 12, last year.

But the 24-year-old company boss had his not-guilty plea to assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent accepted at Newcastle Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty instead to the lesser offence of inflicting grievous bodily harm on a detailed written basis that Mr Hussein had punched him first. …

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