Eastleigh Police have released a photo of a man they want to question in connection with an assault on a 32-year-old who was attending a Christmas party.
The victim was at a works Christmas party being held in a marquee in Stoneham Park, Stoneham Lane on Friday, December 20.
Shortly after 11.30pm he was at the bar waiting to be served and got talking to another man, who he didn’t know. The unknown man was joined by what appeared to be a friend, who then became aggressive. He knocked the victim to the floor and repeatedly punched him when he was on the ground. The victim was left unconscious. He also sustained an injury to his right eye and a good deal of bruising to his face.
The attacker is described as white, aged in his late 20s and around 6ft 1ins tall. He had a shaved head, was wearing a light coloured grey suit and had a local accent. A photo is now being released which was taken during the evening of the man police would like to question about the assault. In the photo, which was taken prior to the attack, the man is wearing an ‘Afro’ style wig.
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the attack or knows who the man is in the photo to contact them. They are also directly appealing for the man himself to contact officers before they track him down. There were about 800 people from many different companies at the event from across south Hampshire including Portsmouth and Winchester.
PC Paul Osborne said:
“This was a nasty attack which left the victim with significant injuries to his eye. The level of his injuries were so bad that in the days following the assault the victim’s children were unable to look at their Dad without becoming upset.”
“I would like to hear from anybody who was present at Stoneham Park and witnessed the incident. I am particularly interested in hearing from anybody who can identify the man in the ‘Afro’ wig and would also suggest he contacts me direct as it will be easier for him in the long run.”
Anyone with information about the incident or who the man maybe is asked to contact PC Paul Osborne at Eastleigh police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.