A painter and decorator today relived the horrific moment he was robbed of his eyesight in a Boxing Day glassing which has left his life in tatters.
Victim Ryan Moore has urged revellers to “think twice” about throwing glasses as his attacker was jailed for four and a half years yesterday.
The 33-year-old, of Reads Avenue, Blackpool, had been on a short visit home to Blackpool for Christmas in 2011, after a long spell working in Holland.
He had been drinking in Blackpool town centre and on his way home he spotted a friend in Ma Kelly’s, on Dickson Road, at around 8pm on Boxing Day.
Mr Moore, said: “I was just waiting at the bar for my drink when out the corner of my eye I noticed a flash.
“I then felt the most horrendous intense pain. The next thing I remember after that was waking up in hospital. I was shocked to find out I had been hit with a pint glass.
“The doctors told me I had lost three quarters of my vision. I am blind in my left eye and the reduced sight in my right eye makes it a struggle to focus.
“This whole incident has ruined my life. I lost my job, my girlfriend and my independence.”
Burnley Crown Court heard Andrew Williams, Mr Moore’s attacker, had been arguing with another drinker prior to the victim arriving.
As he waited at the bar, Mr Moore had simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time when the pint glass struck him, the court was told.
Mr Moore said: “I am happy this man has been punished and I can now put this behind me. Everyday tasks have become really difficult. I hate going out alone and I suffer from depression. My dad cooks all my meals and my mum does my shopping.
“I think all bars should now only serve drinks in plastic glasses and bottles. If that had only been the case and if Williams had only thought twice on the night I was hurt I would still be living in Holland enjoying my life.
“I am now going to try and come to terms with what happened and try and find a job I can do with limited eyesight.”
Williams, 46, of Blenheim Avenue, Blackpool, was jailed for four and half years for a charge of wounding Mr Moore.