SEAFORD: Club attack victim issues new appeal

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A SEAFORD clubber left with three permanent metal plates in his jaw after an unprovoked attack has appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Russell Chabot suffered a broken jaw when he was hit in the face at the Trek nightclub in Blatchington Road.

The 27-year-old had been enjoying a night out with friends on Christmas Eve and after going to a few pubs in town they went to the club.

Mr Chabot was on the dance floor when the attack took place.

He said, “I can’t remember exactly what but he did something, pushed me or tapped me.

“I turned around and looked at him and he stopped about two or three metres away. He was quite out of it and he stopped.

“There was no confrontation so I went to turn back and as I went to turn back he moved quite quickly forward with both hands by the side and hit me on the side of the face.”

Mr Chabot, a project manager for an online website, fell and hit the other side of his face.

He got up and asked the attacker why he had assaulted him, but he ran off.

He said people he believed to be the offender’s friends said ‘he could sometimes be like that’.

Police have issued CCTV images of two men they believe may have witnessed the incident.

Mr Chabot, who had to undergo an operation on Boxing Day and has been left with three permanent titanium plates in his jaw, said the incident had ruined his Christmas.

“On Christmas Day I was in too much pain, I saw my nephew and then had to go straight to A&E.”

Mr Chabot, who cannot eat solid foods for two months and may have to have his wisdom tooth out as a result of the attack, added, “I would urge someone to come forward, it could happen again going by what his friends said. ”

Detective Constable Richard Holder of Lewes District CID said, “We believe these two men may have witnessed the assault and hold vital information for our investigation.

“If you know either contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting serial 697 of 25/12.”