Man who had eyeball knocked out of socket recalls brutal Welwyn Garden City assault

PUBLISHED: 17:18 27 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:34 28 May 2015

Richard Harper has been jailed for assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and theft

Richard Harper has been jailed for assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and theft

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The victim of an assault, so severe it knocked his eyeball from its socket, has spoken of the traumatic event.

The 52-year-old Royston man, who did not wish to be named, was travelling by train last August when he awoke at Welwyn Garden City to find his bag had been taken by Richard Harper.

The man said: “I realised the bag was missing and ran off the train, but couldn’t see anyone.

“I ran over the footbridge and saw them in the distance and shouted ‘that’s my bag’. They just pretended I wasn’t there and continued to walk on so I caught up with them easily.

“I demanded my bag back and that’s when it started.”

The attack was so horrific that the victim’s eyeball came out of the socket.

The man continued: “He hit me very hard and I think it was the first punch that did most of the damage.

“It caused a hole in my eye socket and I lost the sight in my left eye.”

Harper, 43, of no fixed abode, was jailed for seven years and four months for the assault when he appeared on Friday, May 15, at St Albans Crown Court.

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