Man blinded in attack at Cellar bar in Southampton

Man blinded in attack at nightclub

CCTV image of a person the police would like to speak with.

CCTV image of a person the police would like to speak with.

CCTV image of a person the police would like to speak with.

CCTV image of a person the police would like to speak with.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Features Writer

A MAN has been blinded in one eye after he was assaulted at a popular nightclub in Southampton city centre.

Dean Defretas, 47, was punched in the face which led to a brawl breaking out inside the Cellar bar, formally the Soul Cellar, in West Marlands Road.

Police, who have released CCTV images of people they want to speak to, said Dean was out with family members and workmates to celebrate Christmas when he was punched in the face by a man.

The blow, which officers say was unprovoked, caused a serious injury to his left eye.

He has since undergone surgery at the specialist Eye Unit at Southampton General Hospital but has been told he has permanently lost the sight in his eye.

The attack happened at around 3am on Saturday, December 15.

Dean, who works at Southampton Docks, remains in hospital following the surgery.

Officers are appealing for witnesses who saw any of the incident or thinks they know who is responsible for the attack on Dean to contact them.

They are also releasing CCTV images of people they would like to speak to in connection with the assault. It is known they were in the bar around the time of the incident and may be important witnesses.

Anyone with information of who knows who the people in the CCTV stills may be, is asked to contact Detective Constable Gavin Jordan at Shirley CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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6:10pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Ted Rogers says...

These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'
These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked' Ted Rogers
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6:45pm Tue 18 Dec 12

chunky_lover says...

3am? why on earth was someone out at this time anyway???
3am? why on earth was someone out at this time anyway??? chunky_lover
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6:51pm Tue 18 Dec 12

jofabulous says...

Ted Rogers wrote:
These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'
I was actually glassed in the face in a totally unprovoked attack in Southampton along with another girl so I actually have to disagree with this comment. I know several other people who have been set upon in similar attacks by these deranged individuals our society seems to produce more and more of these days.
[quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'[/p][/quote]I was actually glassed in the face in a totally unprovoked attack in Southampton along with another girl so I actually have to disagree with this comment. I know several other people who have been set upon in similar attacks by these deranged individuals our society seems to produce more and more of these days. jofabulous
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6:56pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Inform Al says...

jofabulous wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'
I was actually glassed in the face in a totally unprovoked attack in Southampton along with another girl so I actually have to disagree with this comment. I know several other people who have been set upon in similar attacks by these deranged individuals our society seems to produce more and more of these days.
More cannabis about too, coincidence?
[quote][p][bold]jofabulous[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'[/p][/quote]I was actually glassed in the face in a totally unprovoked attack in Southampton along with another girl so I actually have to disagree with this comment. I know several other people who have been set upon in similar attacks by these deranged individuals our society seems to produce more and more of these days.[/p][/quote]More cannabis about too, coincidence? Inform Al
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7:00pm Tue 18 Dec 12

richieroo says...

chunky_lover wrote:
3am? why on earth was someone out at this time anyway???
Because some people go out & have a social life in the real world rather than spending their time trolling the echo website perhaps?. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]chunky_lover[/bold] wrote: 3am? why on earth was someone out at this time anyway???[/p][/quote]Because some people go out & have a social life in the real world rather than spending their time trolling the echo website perhaps?. ;-) richieroo
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7:21pm Tue 18 Dec 12

The Music Man says...

I might be wrong but there are better pictures of 2 of them in the Facebook event photo gallery.....
I might be wrong but there are better pictures of 2 of them in the Facebook event photo gallery..... The Music Man
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8:28pm Tue 18 Dec 12

cantthinkofone says...

Inform Al wrote:
jofabulous wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'
I was actually glassed in the face in a totally unprovoked attack in Southampton along with another girl so I actually have to disagree with this comment. I know several other people who have been set upon in similar attacks by these deranged individuals our society seems to produce more and more of these days.
More cannabis about too, coincidence?
More iPads as well.

Correlation is not causation.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jofabulous[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'[/p][/quote]I was actually glassed in the face in a totally unprovoked attack in Southampton along with another girl so I actually have to disagree with this comment. I know several other people who have been set upon in similar attacks by these deranged individuals our society seems to produce more and more of these days.[/p][/quote]More cannabis about too, coincidence?[/p][/quote]More iPads as well. Correlation is not causation. cantthinkofone
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8:44pm Tue 18 Dec 12

henry2* says...

chunky_lover wrote:
3am? why on earth was someone out at this time anyway???
pretty normal time to still be out on the weekend?
[quote][p][bold]chunky_lover[/bold] wrote: 3am? why on earth was someone out at this time anyway???[/p][/quote]pretty normal time to still be out on the weekend? henry2*
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8:59pm Tue 18 Dec 12

joenice1 says...

Ted Rogers wrote:
These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'
Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound like a thug yourself. The bigger man walks away.
[quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'[/p][/quote]Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound like a thug yourself. The bigger man walks away. joenice1
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8:59pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Cyber__Fug says...

chunky_lover wrote:
3am? why on earth was someone out at this time anyway???
Why not ? Can't someone go out for a Christmas meal with workmates and then have a drink afterwards without being a target for the feral scum ?

Deano is one of the most placid guys going.

I hope that they catch these vile creatures.
[quote][p][bold]chunky_lover[/bold] wrote: 3am? why on earth was someone out at this time anyway???[/p][/quote]Why not ? Can't someone go out for a Christmas meal with workmates and then have a drink afterwards without being a target for the feral scum ? Deano is one of the most placid guys going. I hope that they catch these vile creatures. Cyber__Fug
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9:20pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Ted Rogers says...

joenice1 wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'
Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound like a thug yourself. The bigger man walks away.
Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound very naive.

Obviously a terrible outcome, but 'unprovoked' attacks are very rare.

In the main there is usually a disagreement or verbal altercation that results in physical violence.
[quote][p][bold]joenice1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'[/p][/quote]Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound like a thug yourself. The bigger man walks away.[/p][/quote]Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound very naive. Obviously a terrible outcome, but 'unprovoked' attacks are very rare. In the main there is usually a disagreement or verbal altercation that results in physical violence. Ted Rogers
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9:23pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Cyber__Fug says...

Ted Rogers wrote:
joenice1 wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'
Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound like a thug yourself. The bigger man walks away.
Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound very naive.

Obviously a terrible outcome, but 'unprovoked' attacks are very rare.

In the main there is usually a disagreement or verbal altercation that results in physical violence.
.... or maybe it was just because Deano is 6'+ and has dark skin !!!!????
[quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joenice1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'[/p][/quote]Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound like a thug yourself. The bigger man walks away.[/p][/quote]Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound very naive. Obviously a terrible outcome, but 'unprovoked' attacks are very rare. In the main there is usually a disagreement or verbal altercation that results in physical violence.[/p][/quote].... or maybe it was just because Deano is 6'+ and has dark skin !!!!???? Cyber__Fug
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9:26pm Tue 18 Dec 12

userds5050 says...

Ted Rogers wrote:
joenice1 wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'
Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound like a thug yourself. The bigger man walks away.
Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound very naive.

Obviously a terrible outcome, but 'unprovoked' attacks are very rare.

In the main there is usually a disagreement or verbal altercation that results in physical violence.
Oh dear, the trolls are out tonight.
[quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joenice1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'[/p][/quote]Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound like a thug yourself. The bigger man walks away.[/p][/quote]Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound very naive. Obviously a terrible outcome, but 'unprovoked' attacks are very rare. In the main there is usually a disagreement or verbal altercation that results in physical violence.[/p][/quote]Oh dear, the trolls are out tonight. userds5050
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9:30pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Ted Rogers says...

Cyber__Fug wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
joenice1 wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'
Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound like a thug yourself. The bigger man walks away.
Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound very naive.

Obviously a terrible outcome, but 'unprovoked' attacks are very rare.

In the main there is usually a disagreement or verbal altercation that results in physical violence.
.... or maybe it was just because Deano is 6'+ and has dark skin !!!!????
Or maybe it wasn't? Either way I wish him well. Too many aggressive young men in city centres charged up on cocaine with short fuses....
[quote][p][bold]Cyber__Fug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joenice1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'[/p][/quote]Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound like a thug yourself. The bigger man walks away.[/p][/quote]Hope you understand that this quote makes you sound very naive. Obviously a terrible outcome, but 'unprovoked' attacks are very rare. In the main there is usually a disagreement or verbal altercation that results in physical violence.[/p][/quote].... or maybe it was just because Deano is 6'+ and has dark skin !!!!????[/p][/quote]Or maybe it wasn't? Either way I wish him well. Too many aggressive young men in city centres charged up on cocaine with short fuses.... Ted Rogers
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10:05pm Tue 18 Dec 12

chavfreezone says...

Far to many aggressive scum bags on coke thinking they are hard these days.

They need no provoking they are just devoid of reason and braincells on that crap.

All the best Dean
Far to many aggressive scum bags on coke thinking they are hard these days. They need no provoking they are just devoid of reason and braincells on that crap. All the best Dean chavfreezone
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10:41pm Tue 18 Dec 12

durkiboy says...

not "Dancing Dean"!!! he was a legend in our time!!

Get well soon bud
not "Dancing Dean"!!! he was a legend in our time!! Get well soon bud durkiboy
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10:49pm Tue 18 Dec 12

AdamSFC says...

Inform Al wrote:
jofabulous wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'
I was actually glassed in the face in a totally unprovoked attack in Southampton along with another girl so I actually have to disagree with this comment. I know several other people who have been set upon in similar attacks by these deranged individuals our society seems to produce more and more of these days.
More cannabis about too, coincidence?
Inform Al, why don't you inform yourself and look up 'specious reasoning' on the internet.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jofabulous[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'[/p][/quote]I was actually glassed in the face in a totally unprovoked attack in Southampton along with another girl so I actually have to disagree with this comment. I know several other people who have been set upon in similar attacks by these deranged individuals our society seems to produce more and more of these days.[/p][/quote]More cannabis about too, coincidence?[/p][/quote]Inform Al, why don't you inform yourself and look up 'specious reasoning' on the internet. AdamSFC
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11:20pm Tue 18 Dec 12

AdamSFC says...

Ted Rogers wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
chunky_lover wrote:
3am? why on earth was someone out at this time anyway???
Cos not everyone is a boring git like you !
Well done moron. Two footed as usual with trademark sharp wit and insight.
andysaints007's comment may have been a bit tactless but he is right in one sense; just because this guy was out at 3am doesn't mean he was doing anything wrong, people keep different hours and have different lifestyles, I personally work till 11pm some nights and therefore 3am is not that late in my eyes. Just because he was out at this time doesn't mean he is somehow responsible for being the victim of this attack, I'm sure he was just out having a good time like most other people.
[quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chunky_lover[/bold] wrote: 3am? why on earth was someone out at this time anyway???[/p][/quote]Cos not everyone is a boring git like you ![/p][/quote]Well done moron. Two footed as usual with trademark sharp wit and insight.[/p][/quote]andysaints007's comment may have been a bit tactless but he is right in one sense; just because this guy was out at 3am doesn't mean he was doing anything wrong, people keep different hours and have different lifestyles, I personally work till 11pm some nights and therefore 3am is not that late in my eyes. Just because he was out at this time doesn't mean he is somehow responsible for being the victim of this attack, I'm sure he was just out having a good time like most other people. AdamSFC
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11:31pm Tue 18 Dec 12

originalsfc says...

Deans a top boy.............hope these pups get caught by the police for their sake.
Deans a top boy.............hope these pups get caught by the police for their sake. originalsfc
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1:05am Wed 19 Dec 12

wake up says...

why would anyone wanna hit deano for ? dean is a very nice placid bloke who is also a family man who works **** hard for his family,
i really cannot believe this has happened to such a nice bloke ,
looking at the photos of these thugs ,could this attack of been racially motivated , hope they get those responsible ,
my thoughts are with dean & his family ,
why would anyone wanna hit deano for ? dean is a very nice placid bloke who is also a family man who works **** hard for his family, i really cannot believe this has happened to such a nice bloke , looking at the photos of these thugs ,could this attack of been racially motivated , hope they get those responsible , my thoughts are with dean & his family , wake up
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2:41am Wed 19 Dec 12

latitude19 says...

Grew up with Dean, bad outcome,
definately changed from the reputation he had 30 yrs ago
thoughts to you and the family
Grew up with Dean, bad outcome, definately changed from the reputation he had 30 yrs ago thoughts to you and the family latitude19
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8:22am Wed 19 Dec 12

Likesadrink says...

Deano is a well known Saints lad and a top bloke. Quietened down massively in recent years and would not have started anything, esp in front of his family. All the best fella, hope the OB catch up with these mugs before anyone else does...
Deano is a well known Saints lad and a top bloke. Quietened down massively in recent years and would not have started anything, esp in front of his family. All the best fella, hope the OB catch up with these mugs before anyone else does... Likesadrink
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9:57am Wed 19 Dec 12

Hdg end mo says...

charley_b wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
The girl looks a right skank, bet she's a single mum. Check facebay westons member list.
I'm a single mum thanks, doesn't mean I'm a bloody thug!
Get well soon hope they catch the scumbags soon
[quote][p][bold]charley_b[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: The girl looks a right skank, bet she's a single mum. Check facebay westons member list.[/p][/quote]I'm a single mum thanks, doesn't mean I'm a bloody thug![/p][/quote]Get well soon hope they catch the scumbags soon Hdg end mo
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10:44am Wed 19 Dec 12

Tone says...

AdamSFC wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
jofabulous wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'
I was actually glassed in the face in a totally unprovoked attack in Southampton along with another girl so I actually have to disagree with this comment. I know several other people who have been set upon in similar attacks by these deranged individuals our society seems to produce more and more of these days.
More cannabis about too, coincidence?
Inform Al, why don't you inform yourself and look up 'specious reasoning' on the internet.
Steady, I don't think a Daily Mail reader will understand long words like those!
[quote][p][bold]AdamSFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jofabulous[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'[/p][/quote]I was actually glassed in the face in a totally unprovoked attack in Southampton along with another girl so I actually have to disagree with this comment. I know several other people who have been set upon in similar attacks by these deranged individuals our society seems to produce more and more of these days.[/p][/quote]More cannabis about too, coincidence?[/p][/quote]Inform Al, why don't you inform yourself and look up 'specious reasoning' on the internet.[/p][/quote]Steady, I don't think a Daily Mail reader will understand long words like those! Tone
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12:15pm Wed 19 Dec 12

ToastyTea says...

Ted Rogers wrote:
These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'
Um yes they are, some scum think it's ok to just rob and attack people.
I was on way home through Eastleigh one night when I was punched from behind and robbed by some morons and left with a broken nose and broken teeth.
I feel sorry for this guy, it could happen to anyone, case of wrong place wrong time (and sick scumbags)
[quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'[/p][/quote]Um yes they are, some scum think it's ok to just rob and attack people. I was on way home through Eastleigh one night when I was punched from behind and robbed by some morons and left with a broken nose and broken teeth. I feel sorry for this guy, it could happen to anyone, case of wrong place wrong time (and sick scumbags) ToastyTea
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1:18pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Ted Rogers says...

ToastyTea wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'
Um yes they are, some scum think it's ok to just rob and attack people.
I was on way home through Eastleigh one night when I was punched from behind and robbed by some morons and left with a broken nose and broken teeth.
I feel sorry for this guy, it could happen to anyone, case of wrong place wrong time (and sick scumbags)
Um, best you compare like with like. This wasn't a robbery this was a bar fight, preceded with a verbal altercation/exchange
.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: These incidents are rarely 'unprovoked'[/p][/quote]Um yes they are, some scum think it's ok to just rob and attack people. I was on way home through Eastleigh one night when I was punched from behind and robbed by some morons and left with a broken nose and broken teeth. I feel sorry for this guy, it could happen to anyone, case of wrong place wrong time (and sick scumbags)[/p][/quote]Um, best you compare like with like. This wasn't a robbery this was a bar fight, preceded with a verbal altercation/exchange . Ted Rogers
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8:28pm Thu 20 Dec 12

deano40 says...

Dean is a known troublemaker in town.

Karma!
Dean is a known troublemaker in town. Karma! deano40
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7:16pm Sat 22 Dec 12

sameoldscene says...

Knew he had to pull the "Race card". Not a lot left to do for compo when you had your "just" desserts.
Knew he had to pull the "Race card". Not a lot left to do for compo when you had your "just" desserts. sameoldscene
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6:14am Mon 7 Jan 13

Pikey-Biker says...

originalsfc wrote:
Deans a top boy.............hope these pups get caught by the police for their sake.
...was a top boy....he is geting on now
[quote][p][bold]originalsfc[/bold] wrote: Deans a top boy.............hope these pups get caught by the police for their sake.[/p][/quote]...was a top boy....he is geting on now Pikey-Biker
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