Re-appeal after taxi driver left blinded in assault

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Issued on 13/3/19 at 3:25 p.m.

Incident number: 18*624154

Detectives are re-appealing for witnesses to a serious assault on Christmas Day – which left the victim blind in one eye.

Sujan Pal was working as a taxi driver in the early hours of 25 December, 2018 when he was approached by a man outside of the Rose and Crown pub in Uppingham Road, Houghton on the Hill.

After refusing the man access to the vehicle, 39-year-old Sujan was punched in the face, causing serious damage to his left eye socket.

He has been left completely blind in the eye and has had to leave his job as a taxi driver as a result of his horrific injury.

Officers believe a number of people were in the area at the time but despite an appeal shortly after it happened many people who may have witnessed it have still not come forward.

The victim, Sujan Pal, said: “All I want is to see out of my eye again. I am very worried about what the future holds. I need my vision to work and support my family. I have been a taxi driver for 12 years in Leicester, London and Vienna, this is the first time anything like this has ever happened to me.

“I know that people saw what happened to me and I would ask that they please co-operate with the police and do the right thing so that this does not happen to anyone else.”

DC Mike Archer, who is investigating the incident, said: “This was a very nasty and unprovoked attack on a man who was out working during the busy Christmas period.

“A single punch to the face has left Sujan with life changing injuries and he is now unable to work and provide for his family.

“We are aware that there were people around that night and specifically information has been received about the incident from some witnesses who for whatever reason are reluctant to provide written statements.

“We would like to reassure anyone who witnessed the incident that the information they provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and the details they can provide could help us secure a successful prosecution for this callous assault.

“If you are one of these people please get in touch. Any information you have, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could help us with our enquiries. If you do not want to speak to police you can also pass on information to Crimestoppers anonymously.”

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and released pending further enquiries.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 535 Archer on 101, quoting crime number 18*624154.

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