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Man who lost eye 'still sees the face of his attacker'

A promising rugby player who lost an eye after an attack in Aberdeen has told a court he still saw the face of his assailant in flashbacks.

New Zealander Aparangi Hemara, 27, said the face belonged to Aaron Mackie.

Mr Mackie, 19, of Aberdeen, is on trial at the High Court in Livingston after denying attacking Mr Hemara in October last year.

Mr Hemara's wife Elizabeth also identified the accused as being the attacker.

Mr Mackie has lodged a special defence of incrimination.

Mr Hemara, who has Scottish relations, had won two caps with the New Zealand Maoris and had hoped to play rugby for Scotland.

He had not gone on to join New Zealand's national team, The All Blacks, which would have disqualified him from playing for another country.

He had hoped to continue playing high-level rugby and eventually bid for a place in the Scotland team, but the injury - which led to surgeons removing his eye - ruled that out.

The trial continues.

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