Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pointless Street Attack Smashed My Eye Socket; Appeal for Help as Lad Pounced on in Unprovoked Attack

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pointless Street Attack Smashed My Eye Socket; Appeal for Help as Lad Pounced on in Unprovoked Attack

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

A STRANGER attack left this fun-loving lad's face stitched and scarred.

Nicholas Sampson-Barnes today reveals the ugly side of Tyneside's buzzing night-life as he tells how the stranger broke his eye socket after he walked out of a Newcastle club.

The 19-year-old had enjoyed a rare night out in the city celebrating a friend's birthday when he was suddenly set upon.

And today as he recovers at home in East Boldon, South Tyneside, Nicholas has told of his determination to see his attacker caught.

He said: "There was no reason for it at all. It was just pointless, I hadn't done anything to him. Some people just seem to want to do things like that. I just don't want him to get away with it."

Nicholas had been with his friends at the O2 Academy, on Westgate Road, before he was assaulted.

He left the venue at around 3am and was on his way to get a taxi home when his mystery assailant came up behind him.

"I had just left the club and had only walked about 15-metres up the street when I realised he was behind me," Nicholas said. "I turned round just as he was swung for me and he caught my eye and I fell to the floor. Then he just ran off."

His pain numbed by alcohol, Nicholas had no idea his eye socket had been broken in the unprovoked attack and went on to get a taxi home.

But when he woke up the following morning the marine engineering cadet's eye was painful and swollen and his vision blurred.

"When I was on the floor I realised I couldn't see," he continued.

"But I had been drinking so I just got into a taxi and went home.

"But I woke-up the next morning and my eye was all swollen and I had double-vision."

Nicholas's GP referred him to the eye infirmary where medics told him his socket was fractured.

He had to have surgery during which a titanium plate was inserted into his face. …

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