A MAN who left a university student with permanently blurred vision after kicking him in the head during an unprovoked assault was sentenced to two years in a young offenders’ institution.
Liam McAllen, 20, was so drunk he could not remember attacking his victim outside a takeaway on New Year’s Day in Bourne town centre, Lincoln Crown Court was told on Friday.
The court heard the victim suffered a rupture of the retina in his right eye which made it almost impossible for him to revise for his final fourth year exams which he was due to take two weeks later.
Chris Geeson, prosecuting, told the court the man was sitting on the floor waiting for his friends outside the takeaway when McAllen approached and without warning kicked him in the face.
Minutes earlierthe victim had to decided to leave the takeaway after a night out celebrating the New Year when McAllen had accused him of pushing in.
The man was knocked unconcious by the blow but a witness saw McAllen aiming another kick at his chest.
In a victim impact statement which was read out in court the man said the attack had changed his life and could leave him with permanently blurred vision.
During interview McAllen admitted being too drunk to remember the attack. The court heard while on bail McAllen was arrested a second time after pushing a police officer outside the Essence nightclub in Bourne.
In mitigation the court was told McAllen worked hard as a plasterboarder,
McAllen, of Foxley Court, Bourne, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm to the man on January 1 and assaulting a police constable on May 7.
Passing sentence Judge Michael Heath told him the injuries to his victim made any other sentence than custody impossible.
“You rendered him unconcious, you caused him bruising, but more seriously he suffered a rupture to his eye which resulted in a lasting difficulty for him.
“In his victim impact statement he describes it as life-changing.”