IT was meant to be an enjoyable night out with friends.
But it turned into a nightmare for Niall Farrell when he was left needing surgery for a broken jaw following an unprovoked attack at Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays.
Now he and police are appealing for witnesses in an attempt to bring his attacker to justice.
The 20-year-old spent two days at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham where he had to have a metal plate fitted into the left side of his jaw.
He was so badly injured that he can only consume liquids for six weeks in the wake of his ordeal.
Sales consultant Mr Farrell, from Glenbrook Walk, Fareham, said: ‘The last thing I look for on a night out is confrontation.
‘We were just out for a good night.
‘I hadn’t drunk any more than I would normally.
‘I was a bit tipsy but I wasn’t paralytic or anything like that.
‘The police found me outside Tiger Tiger.
‘I was on the floor and my friend was trying to get me back up.
‘I had a nosebleed but I was conscious.
‘They got first aiders to have a look at me and said I could go to hospital if I wanted but apparently I said no, it was fine.
‘I woke up the next morning and I was in agony.
‘I had no idea what had happened.
‘They [the hospital] have said the head trauma might be something to do with me not being able to remember.’
Police believe Mr Farrell was punched in the face shortly before an officer found him lying on the ground near Tiger Tiger at Gunwharf Quays, just after 1am on February 20.
Mr Farrell, said he had not been out to Gunwharf Quays since the attack.
He said: ‘I kind of feel a bit vulnerable. I would like to know why it happened.
‘Maybe it was mistaken identity, I don’t know.
‘We usually have a really good night out there.
‘I like to think I don’t have any enemies.
‘I don’t want it to ruin my social life.’
The suspect was white, aged in his 20s, and wearing a blue and white checked shirt.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con David Anderson at Fratton CID on 101 or 0845 0454545.
Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.