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    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."
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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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