Cambridgeshire

Man lost eye in 'unprovoked' Huntingdon pub attack

Kyi Wickert and Morgan Harris Image copyright Cambridgeshire Police
Image caption The attack by Kyi Wickert (left) and Morgan Harris (right) left a man needing his eye removed

A man had one of his eyes removed after two teenagers attacked him at a pub.

Morgan Harris threw a bottle at the victim's friend outside Cromwell's Bar in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire in an "unprovoked" attack.

Harris and Kyi Wickert, both 18, then attacked the man, whose eye was left "unsalvageable", Cambridge Crown Court heard.

The pair, from Huntingdon, were detained after they admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Harris, of Chestnut Close, was sentenced to nine years and six months, after he also pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, while Wickert, of Lammas Gardens, was sentenced to eight years.

Prosecutor Charles Falk said that just after midnight on 1 August the victim was returning home after an evening out with others.

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Image caption The attack happened outside Cromwell's Bar in Huntingdon High Street

As the group walked past the pub, Harris threw a glass at one of the men who was with the victim in a "completely mindless and unprovoked attack", Mr Falk said.

The group followed the attackers and it was then the defendants "turned into attack mode", the court heard.

During a struggle, as the victim tried to keep the pub door closed, Wickert slipped outside and "swung his fist, connecting with [the victim's] head and then struck him again in quick succession".

A barmaid nearby described the attack as "completely unprovoked", adding: "[The victim] was not offering any violence or aggression but looked terrified."

Mr Falk said Wickert stamped on and kicked the victim's head, while Harris punched his body.

The victim, who also suffered a broken leg, was taken to hospital and, despite attempts by surgeons, his eye had to be removed and he was in hospital for seven weeks.

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