An unsuspecting groom almost lost an eye after a drink during a quiet pub quiz the night before his wedding day – but he still came to church on time.
Scott Richards, 31, needed more than 14 stitches and had lifelong scars and was almost forced to cancel the big day after doctors had warned that he might have had an eye removed.
His ruined bride Adele, 34, from Ashford, Kent, first saw the mutilated face of her groom as she walked down the aisle after being notified of the attack just hours before.
Forward, Tyler Plumridge, 28, who threw the glass in the face of Mr. Rihcard at Ashford's Singleton Barn, has since been spared at the Canterbury Crown Court in May 2019.
Drunk stranger, Plumridge, a security guard, lashed out after joining Richard & # 39; s group during the quiet Sunday night pub quiz, when he was caught stealing a wallet and a phone.
Scott Richards on his wedding day (left) and right, shortly after he had his face chopped
He was asked to give the stuff back and leave the pub, but instead took off his pants before he threw a pint glass in Scott's face.
The couple claims that their wedding day of £ 18,000, for which they had saved two years, & # 39; almost completely ruined & # 39; was by the actions of the attackers.
Mr. Richards, a carpenter, said: “I still have nightmares about where I wake up in a cold sweat and can't get back to sleep, the flashbacks are terrible.
Scott and Adele Richards on their wedding day, a few hours after the groom was attacked
& # 39; The whole incident had fallen out of the sky so much that we had stopped drinking a few times, but as soon as he threw the glass at my face, there was blood everywhere.
& # 39; I had to be taken immediately to A&E where they had stolen glass from my eyeball for hours.
& # 39; Doctors thought they might have to take my entire eye and advised that I should miss the wedding if it were … it was terrible.
Mr. Richards in his area, surrounded by friends who rushed to help stop the flow of blood
& # 39; My wife, Adele, with whom I was not meant to speak, because it was technically our anniversary, was destroyed when I called to tell her.
& # 39; The whole day was really hard because I had a headache, I was in so much pain and looked in the right condition for the photos.
& # 39; I was bruised, injured and drawn – our two-year-old son was clearly worried when he saw that I looked totally confused and kept asking if I & # 39; & # 39;
Scott Richards, 31, required more than 14 stitches and was signed for life and almost forced to cancel the big day
& # 39; Fortunately, the photographer was smart with the photos & we have some good ones that make me look good, but it was really a nightmare. & # 39;
The wedding, which took place at Cooling Castle Barn, eventually went ahead despite the incident, but the couple feels that their enjoyment of the special day has been seriously affected by what happened.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Richards, who have been together for five years, and have a son, Oscar, feel abandoned by what they think is a very mild punishment, given Scott's injuries.
Attacker, Plumridge, was handed a suspended sentence guilty of GBH and was imprisoned but was ordered to pay Scott compensation within three months.
Mr. Richards revealed that the wedding makeup artist worked longer on his face than his future one
Mrs. Richards, who works in marketing, said: “I'm absolutely worried about the verdict, this mean man has almost ruined the most important day of our lives, let alone Scott's health implications.
& # 39; I am 100% sure that Plumridge knew that Scott was the groom and should have had an idea of what he was doing when he hit that glass on my husband.
& # 39; Scott had to give a brave face to our entire wedding day, but it was clear he wasn't himself.
The couple claims that their wedding day of £ 18,000, for which they had saved two years, & # 39; almost completely ruined & # 39; was by Plumridge's actions – yet they enjoyed it with their son Oscar
& # 39; When I first saw him walking down the aisle, my stomach staggered, I thought I'd be sick … I just couldn't see how bad the damage was.
& # 39; He looked terrible, despite the fact that my make-up artist tried to hide some of the bruises.
& # 39; He was popping pain medication all day and had headaches everywhere.
& # 39; Our son was scared to even look at his own father and kept asking me & # 39; what happened to daddy? & # 39;
Tyler Plumridge (28), who threw the glass of Scott & # 39; s face into Ashford & # 39; s Singleton Barn, has since lost jail. Mr. Richards is pictured on his wedding day with visible scars in the face
& # 39; In addition to his terrible injuries, Scott didn't even get a wink that night, so the entire wedding day was shattered.
& # 39; He didn't want to worry about the attack, so he didn't call me until 6 am & # 39; in the morning at the wedding. I trembled like a leaf after his sister told me in tears to call Scott.
& # 39; For a terrible moment, I thought I was getting up!
& # 39; We did talk about canceling the whole thing, but in the end we decided not to.
Mr. Richards needed 14 stitches on his face, but his scars have healed well since then and he regained his sight after it was temporarily lost after his face was glassy
& # 39; I was late to the location for my own wedding, because after talking to Scott, I was just sitting in my car and crying hysterically for 45 minutes, I couldn't believe it had all gone so wrong.
& # 39; Scott was late because he couldn't even take a shower, his brother had to wash all the glass and blood from his hair by hand. & # 39;
The newlyweds were forced to spend their first week as husband and wife to and from their local hospital, William Harvey Hospital, Ashford and the specialized eye hospital, The Royal Victoria Hospital, transported Folkestone.
Scott and Adele Richards on their wedding day, smiling through the pain caused by Plumridge
Mrs. Richards said: “We thought of a happy brand-new bubble, but instead I spent all my time rubbing different creams in Scott's injuries and taking him to appointments.
& # 39; At one point they were even afraid that he would no longer get his eyesight back in the left eye.
& # 39; He was still not completely healthy by the time we went to the Dominican Republic on honey moon two weeks later.
& # 39; He had to lie down a lot because of the migraine.
Deel Part of Scott's scar will never go, the one on his nose is bright red as a burn, the skin is completely wrinkled.
& # 39; But it's not just the physical side of the matter, Scott is definitely not the same carefree person he was before the attack, he is now much more wary and anxious and feels uncomfortable in busy, loud places.
& # 39; He was always the coolest man and now he has lost it, it is so damaging what something like this can do.
& # 39; He is in a permanent state of high alert, it is so sad to see how much it has done to him. & # 39;
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