62-year-old peacemaker lost his eye after attack outside pub

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A 62-year-old peacemaker lost his eye and suffered a broken eye socket and cheekbone after he was attacked outside a pub.

The Good Samaritan already had an old eye injury which left him almost totally blind.

It meant he did not see the blow coming from Shane Hynes, 47, of Pelham Street, Mansfield, who hit him on the right hand side of his face.

Nottingham Crown Court heard it would have been obvious to anyone he had the previous issue with his eye.

"He felt a blow," said Robby Singh, prosecuting. "It felt he was being hit as hard as possible. The man fell to the floor".

Both parties had been in the Wheatsheaf pub, Mansfield, when the defendant approached the victim's group and accused one of them of touching his girlfriend's behind.

The victim, who was not responsible for the alleged touching, wanted to speak to father-of-three Hynes to settle things down.

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Hynes was then asked to leave by the landlord.

The violence flared outside the pub when two women with the defendant started shouting.

The victim went over to diffuse the situation when he was hit twice.

He was taken to hospital and needed metal plates fitting too his cheek and eye socket. His right eye was bleeding and had to be removed.

Hynes was charged with wounding and pleaded guilty at court.

Judge Sarah Buckingham gave him 16 months in prison, saying she would be failing in her public duty if she did not pass an immediate custodial sentence.