Attacked on a night out
THESE were the injuries clubber Liam Swain suffered when he was attacked in a Bridgend town centre nightclub on a birthday night out.
A MAN celebrating his 25th birthday in a Bridgend nightclub says he’s been left with blurred vision and anxiety after a “terrifying” attack.
Liam Swain was enjoying a rare night out with his friend at Hobos in Queen Queen on May 27 when he said he was was attacked from behind – causing multiple injuries which required stitches.
Mr Swain, a healthcare support worker from Bridgend, said: “I had gone out with a friend to Hobos for some birthday drinks.
“We decided to leave and go for some drinks somewhere else when a man came up to me and kept saying ‘keep her away from me’ about my friend.
“I didn’t know what he was talking about and I’d never seen him before so I ignored him and we started to walk away.
“That’s when he punched me in the back of the head.
“I fell to the ground and he started kicking me in the face.
“How people can think it’s acceptable to kick someone when they’re on the floor is beyond me.”
Mr Swain and his friend were escorted outside through the front entrance while the man who attacked Mr Swain was taken out through the back.
Security staff called the police but Mr Swain said he didn’t want to wait so the pair caught a taxi to the A&E department at Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend where he was treated for his injuries.
The attack left Mr Swain with a large laceration to his elbow which required stitches, bruising and a large cut above his right eye.
Despite the bruising and cuts starting to heal, he says he is still suffering from blurred vision because blood vessels behind his eye were damaged, but he’s hopeful his eyesight will return to normal in a couple of weeks.
“I’m really anxious now. I don’t really go out often anyway but I don’t want to go to a bar again,” he said.
“It was terrifying, I didn’t really know what was happening. All I can remember after I fell to the ground was the man kicking me in the face.
“My friend was shaken up too. It’s just not something you expect to happen and I don’t know why he did it.”
South Wales Police confirmed officers were called to the club and are investigating the assault.
A spokeswoman for the force said: “We are appealing for information after an assault at Hobos in Queen Street, Bridgend, on May 27 at around 2am.
“A 25-year-old man from Bridgend attended Princess of Wales Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.
“Enquiries are ongoing and anyone who may have information which could assist this investigation is asked to call us on 101, quoting reference 1800189189 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Liam Swain was attacked inside a nightclub in Bridgend