A TEENAGER who left a man partially blind after slashing him in the eye with a bottle in a revenge attack was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail.
Sirajdin Chiragh, of Paulhan Road, Kenton, admitted GBH (grevous bodily harm) as his trial was just about to start and was jailed at Harrow Crown Court on Monday for the brutal daylight attack.
Following a fight between the pair in St George’s Shopping Centre in Harrow town centre two months earlier, 19-year-old Chiragh set upon the victim after seeing him outside Gold’s Gym in Station Road, Harrow, on July 7, last year.
As he attacked his victim he told him that his intervention, to help out a friend, in the row two months prior had affected his ‘street cred’.
Chiragh then smashed what is thought to be a wine bottle over the 22-year-old’s head before jabbing him in the eye with what remained of the smashed glass.
The court heard how Chiragh was with an unknown man with ‘an aggressive dog’ when they spotted the victim leave the gym and that during the attack witnesses heard the other man say, ‘that is enough’.
The blows left the victim with a ruptured left eye ball and, despite extensive surgery, he has been told his eyesight is unlikely to ever return in that eye. He was also left with deep cuts to the back of his head, his throat and neck.
During sentencing, the court heard Chiragh has bi-polar affective disorder as well as an addiction to alcohol and cannabis.
It was also revealed that Chiragh has a number of previous convictions including robbery and attempted robbery and that he confessed he had no recollection of the attack following a midday drinking binge.
PC Ali Plant, the officer in charge of the case, said afterwards: “This was a vicious, unprovoked attack which has left a young man with life-changing injuries for which he will continue to receive treatment for the foreseeable future.
“Not only has this attack left the victim with both physical and emotional scars but it has also caused a great deal of stress for his family, especially his mother.
“The victim in this case is an extremely bright young man who just hours before the attack, found that he had been awarded a first class university degree in accounting and finance and was looking forward to continuing his education. Sadly the attack has meant that his education has been put on hold.”