Man left blind in one eye after being mistaken for Orange Walk attacker

Steven Campbell left the 42-year-old with permanent injuries after the violent assault outside a supermarket.

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A man who left a stranger blinded in one eye after an unprovoked attack has been jailed for more than six years.

Steven Campbell, 27, was captured on CCTV attacking the 42-year-old as he stood outside a supermarket in Glasgow city centre on July 2, 2022.

Drunken Campbell wrongly believed the victim had been involved in an assault on him and his friend during an Orange Walk parade that day.

He was left so badly hurt that he had to have his right eye removed weeks later.

Campbell struck having earlier that year knocked another stranger unconscious following a Rangers v Celtic match.

Campbell – who had been freed early from jail – was only caught in November 2022 after a media appeal to trace him.

He was locked up after earlier pleading guilty to both attacks at the High Court in Glasgow.

Campbell was sentenced to a total of five years and two months for the latest crimes.

This will only start once he has served 243 days from the previous jail-term he was released from.

Campbell will be monitored for a further two years when he is eventually back on the streets.

The victim had attended the Orange Walk and was later standing outside a Sainsbury’s supermarket in the city’s Argyle Street trying to contact a friend.

CCTV footage showed the man – wearing a Rangers top – looking at his phone unaware of Campbell suddenly approaching.

Prosecutor Jennifer Cameron said: “They were not known to each other and (the assault) appears entirely unprovoked.

“Campbell, while under the influence, approached and immediately punched him to the face causing him to fall.”

The victim eventually escaped as witnesses rushed to his aid while Campbell fled the scene.

His eye was found to be completely “ruptured” at hospital and attempts were made to repair it. As weeks past, no sight returned.

Ms Cameron said: “Following a (medical) consultation and the only means to alleviate the pain and discomfort, [the victim] decided to proceed to an operation to remove his right eye.”

The surgery took place in mid-August 2022. A medic concluded the injuries sustained as a result of the assault caused him to lose his eye.

By this time, Campbell was already wanted for another attack at the city’s Buchanan Street bus station on April 3, 2022.

A 67-year-old had been returning home having been at the Rangers and Celtic match at Ibrox that day.

He had been chatting to others when Campbell staggered up and an argument broke out.

Campbell’s sister initially pulled him away, but he soon stormed back up to the group.

He then had a disagreement with a woman before the victim stepped in.

The man ended up in hospital with early fears he may have suffered a traumatic brain injury. He received treatment for a wound to the back of his head.

A media appeal was launched in August 2022 with photographs released of Campbell. He was arrested on a warrant months later having been identified.

Campbell admitted assaulting the first man to his severe injury as well as to his permanent disfigurement and impairment.

Campbell further pleaded guilty to assaulting the second to his severe injury and disfigurement on the basis the attack was under provocation.

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