A man who was headbutted following a “totally unprovoked” attack in a St Helens bar was also the victim of a vicious assault last year.
The 27-year-old, who asked to remain anonymous, was hospitalised and needed six stitches following an assault in The Venue bar on Westfield Street in the early hours of June 29.
Medics had already inserted a metal plate in his face after he suffered a broken cheek when he was punched in an unrelated assault in his native Haydock last November.
He said: “It was really busy in the club and my girlfriend was struggling to get through the crowd to where I was - at the bar.
“As she got close to me a man lifted his arm to let her through. But she still couldn’t get through so I lifted his arm a little further and he turned around, grabbed my arm and headbutted me.
“It was totally unprovoked.”
Police describe the offender as white, aged in his late 20s or early 30s, approximately 6ft 3ins tall with dark, possibly spikey, hair.
He was wearing a white shirt underneath a dark suit-type jacket.
The victim was taken to Whiston Hospital - where he underwent X-rays and needed six stitches to seal the wound, which was just under his left eye.
He says he has been left scarred for life - both physically and mentally.
He added: “My girlfriend was very upset. It can’t be nice seeing someone do that to your boyfriend and she was worried that they might not be able to stitch up the wound because it was so close to my eye.
“I’m not going to go out again any time soon. It’s not in my character to start fights with people - when I go out I just want to have a good time.
“You always hear about these sort of things happening, but never think they will happen to you.”
DC Mark Holland, of St Helens CID, said: “This was a vicious attack on a man who had been enjoying a night out in St Helens.
“Even at 1.30am in the morning there were other people inside the bar who may have seen something.
“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information that could assist our inquiries to contact police.”
Anyone with information can call police on 0151 777 6811, or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.