Police hunt attacker who left student almost totally blind in Southampton

Daily Echo: Varenka Guillermoprieto, left, on the night she was attacked, with fellow victims Samantha Weller  (front) and Lucy Gooch (far right). Varenka Guillermoprieto, left, on the night she was attacked, with fellow victims Samantha Weller (front) and Lucy Gooch (far right).

POLICE today renewed their hunt for the attacker who left a Southampton student blind – one year on.

Varenka Guillermoprieto and her two friends Lucy Gooch and Samantha Weller were victims of a vicious attack outside a Southamptn nightclub where they had attended a student night.

Varenka was punched in the head, triggering a stroke which has left her completely blind in one eye and with very little sight in the other.

Today, exactly one year on from the horrifying assault, nobody has been brought to justice for inflicting the life-changing injuries on Varenka, who is now aged 22.

But detectives are hoping a fresh appeal could finally help bring whoever was responsible before the courts.

The attack on the three friends happened around 12.40am on Wednesday May 18 outside POP in Vernon Walk, Southampton.

Detective Constable Anton Gaita who is investigating the crime, said: “So far no one has ever been charged with the assault on Varenka who suffered most. A punch to her head caused her to have a stroke and it has had a dramatic effect on her life as it has left her with very limited sight."

Anyone who saw the assaults or has any information about what happened is asked to call DC Gaita at Southampton Central Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A 21-year-old woman from Surrey has since been convicted of the assault on Samantha and Lucy, but she is understood to be appealing her conviction. A woman aged 20, from Merseyside, was also cautioned for assault concerning the same incident.

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9:00am Fri 18 May 12

Linesman says...

Anyone who knows who attacked her and does not inform the police is, in my opinion, as guilty as the attacker.
Anyone who knows who attacked her and does not inform the police is, in my opinion, as guilty as the attacker. Linesman
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9:19am Fri 18 May 12

Quite Frankly says...

And Echo, you may wish to review the placing of the optician advert in the body of the story.
And Echo, you may wish to review the placing of the optician advert in the body of the story. Quite Frankly
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9:27am Fri 18 May 12

userds5050 says...

Quite Frankly wrote:
And Echo, you may wish to review the placing of the optician advert in the body of the story.
It's Google adsense. It generates an ad relevant to the page content. As a result you often get insensitive ads.
[quote][p][bold]Quite Frankly[/bold] wrote: And Echo, you may wish to review the placing of the optician advert in the body of the story.[/p][/quote]It's Google adsense. It generates an ad relevant to the page content. As a result you often get insensitive ads. userds5050
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10:09am Fri 18 May 12

mooky9 says...

Linesman wrote:
Anyone who knows who attacked her and does not inform the police is, in my opinion, as guilty as the attacker.
Completely agree with you.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Anyone who knows who attacked her and does not inform the police is, in my opinion, as guilty as the attacker.[/p][/quote]Completely agree with you. mooky9
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10:17am Fri 18 May 12

ToastyTea says...

Stories like this make me feel really sick and saddened that animals do this sort of thing to innocent people in our fine city.
Stories like this make me feel really sick and saddened that animals do this sort of thing to innocent people in our fine city. ToastyTea
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10:27am Fri 18 May 12

freemantlegirl2 says...

mooky9 wrote:
Linesman wrote:
Anyone who knows who attacked her and does not inform the police is, in my opinion, as guilty as the attacker.
Completely agree with you.
Me too, the poor girl. Had everything to look forward to and that happened.

I hope someone hands themselves in, or they get identified and quickly.
[quote][p][bold]mooky9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Anyone who knows who attacked her and does not inform the police is, in my opinion, as guilty as the attacker.[/p][/quote]Completely agree with you.[/p][/quote]Me too, the poor girl. Had everything to look forward to and that happened. I hope someone hands themselves in, or they get identified and quickly. freemantlegirl2
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11:34am Fri 18 May 12

Smartiepants says...

ToastyTea wrote:
Stories like this make me feel really sick and saddened that animals do this sort of thing to innocent people in our fine city.
Animals don't tend to go round hitting people, scumbags do however.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Stories like this make me feel really sick and saddened that animals do this sort of thing to innocent people in our fine city.[/p][/quote]Animals don't tend to go round hitting people, scumbags do however. Smartiepants
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1:07pm Fri 18 May 12

peenut81 says...

The story proves how useless our police force really is, Vernon Walk is covered by cameras, plenty of revellers and normally swamped with officers, yet a year on they are still waiting for someone to talk to get an arrest. It appears to be the same for all crime; police stumped, appeal for grass.
The story proves how useless our police force really is, Vernon Walk is covered by cameras, plenty of revellers and normally swamped with officers, yet a year on they are still waiting for someone to talk to get an arrest. It appears to be the same for all crime; police stumped, appeal for grass. peenut81
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1:26pm Fri 18 May 12

UncleF says...

No it isn't, in fact there is only one camera that covers this area and that is high on the Salisbury St car park, but don't let the facts get in the way of your opinion.
No it isn't, in fact there is only one camera that covers this area and that is high on the Salisbury St car park, but don't let the facts get in the way of your opinion. UncleF
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1:35pm Fri 18 May 12

espanuel says...

Georgem/Peanut81, what does it prove for lack of police? and secondly what the hell has Tony Blair got to do with this situation, plonkers, if you cant write something constructive dont write.
Georgem/Peanut81, what does it prove for lack of police? and secondly what the hell has Tony Blair got to do with this situation, plonkers, if you cant write something constructive dont write. espanuel
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7:23pm Fri 18 May 12

arthur dalyrimple says...

launch a fund ,offer a reward , the chavs will be on the blower in milliseconds.
launch a fund ,offer a reward , the chavs will be on the blower in milliseconds. arthur dalyrimple
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11:19pm Fri 18 May 12

Bovine_Cannibal says...

Subhuman scum. Chav Britain.
Subhuman scum. Chav Britain. Bovine_Cannibal
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2:51am Sat 19 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

Why is it that muggers and yobs either kill or severely maim their victims these days ? It seems like everyday we read that someone has been blinded, brain-damaged, put permanently in a wheelchair, or killed over an argument, or a few quid. I understood that only psychopaths can inflict such terrible or terminal damage on another human being without any feeling. I cannot imagine kicking someone in the head who is already lying on the ground - it would seem so vile.

They sometimes get up to 30 years or more in prison - their whole life. If ever there was a good reason to re-introduce the death penalty for taking the life of another gratuitously........
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Why is it that muggers and yobs either kill or severely maim their victims these days ? It seems like everyday we read that someone has been blinded, brain-damaged, put permanently in a wheelchair, or killed over an argument, or a few quid. I understood that only psychopaths can inflict such terrible or terminal damage on another human being without any feeling. I cannot imagine kicking someone in the head who is already lying on the ground - it would seem so vile. They sometimes get up to 30 years or more in prison - their whole life. If ever there was a good reason to re-introduce the death penalty for taking the life of another gratuitously........ . BillyTheKid
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12:45am Mon 21 May 12

yellowcard says...

the death penalty would not solve the issue as several countries have it including the great u.s of a and they have a high murder rate.
the death penalty would not solve the issue as several countries have it including the great u.s of a and they have a high murder rate. yellowcard
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