Thursday, June 28, 2012
A man who was punched in an unprovoked attack in Exmouth says he is still feeling the effects weeks later.
Ryan Spring, 21, of Clipper Wharf, was in the Q Club at 2.30am on June 3, when he was the victim of an assault which broke his jaw in two places and left him needing emergency surgery.
Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to about the incident.
Ryan said: “It had just been a normal night. I was on the dancefloor, and hadn’t had any trouble beforehand, and as far as I’m aware just got punched from the side in the jaw.
“I stumbled back and, by the time I got up and looked around, whoever it was had gone.
“The DJ said it looked premeditated from what he watched, like it was a planned attack.”
Ryan was treated on the night at Exmouth Hospital, and later had appointments at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.
It was at one of these where doctors realised Ryan’s injuries were more serious than first thought, and ordered him to have emergency surgery.
Ryan said: “The muscles were pulling my jaw apart so it wouldn’t have grown back right. They put two plates at the front and one at the back, and removed a tooth.
“I was in lots of pain for two or three days, and I only just managed to eat soup, not really talking.
“I lost all feeling in my lip and chin and, even now, everything I eat has to be pretty much liquidised – it will be like that for another three or four weeks.”
Ryan, who had to take three weeks off from his job as a labourer, says he still has no idea why he was attacked, and police are hoping these CCTV images will prompt someone with information to come forward.
PC Nic Holt said: “It is understood that the club was fairly busy at the time so it is likely that members of the public would have witnessed the assault.”
If you can identify the man in this CCTV image or can help the police with their enquiries, contact PC Holt on the police non-emergency number 101.