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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A racist partially blinded a student during a cocaine-fuelled bender. Carl Brown left his victim, a Saudia Arabian national, needing three eye operations including a transplant on part of his eye. The 37-year-old punched Abdrabuh Albalawi as he walked from the Tesco Express on Mount Pleasant in the city centre. Brown asked Mr Albalawi 'Where are you from?' before punching him in the face, causing the student's glasses to shatter into his eyes. The racist yob appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today where the court heard that his victim is now being bullied for his appearance. Nardeen Nemat, prosecuting, explained that on December 4, 2019, Mr Albalawi walked from the Liverpool School of English Language to the shop with a friend while on their lunch break. Shortly before 1pm, as they returned, Mr Albalawi was "approached by the defendant and asked where he was from" Ms Nemat said: "He didn't answer because he was in a rush." It was then that Brown punched his victim to the face, shattering his glasses as he fell to the floor and lost consciousness. Quoting a statement from the victim Ms Nemat said: "He was bleeding heavily, in an unbelievable level of pain and shouting he couldn't see." Brown then fled, getting into a nearby car, and Mr Albalawi's friend made a note of the registration plate. The following day, Ms Nemat explained, police found the car's owner, a woman, who informed them Brown was her boyfriend's friend and had been "drunk" and "kicking off" before they stopped at the Tesco "so they could get out and get drinks". Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here Ms Nemat said: "He got into the car screaming he had to go home. 10 minutes into the car journey he told them he had hit somebody." Brown was charged after Mr Albalawi successfully identified him from a line up. When Mr Albalawi was taken to hospital he was "shaking in fear", the court heard. Ms Nemat explained he had to undergo an initial operation due to the lacerations on his eye and eyelid and a further operation after developing a traumatic cataract. The court heard Mr Albalawi is expecting to have a third operation for a "corneal graft" which will mean part of his cornea will be replaced in a transplant. Ms Nemat explained it was not clear if the damage would be permanent, and said as of November 24 last year his vision was "poor" and he could "only see hand movements" as he "didn't have an intraocular lens". Read More Related Articles Murder suspect claims he was 'terrorised' alongside torture victim Joseph McKeever Read More Related Articles Pervert who went to meet 'teen' for 'sexy fun' back in court again Quoting a medical report she said: "It's difficult to say at that stage what the final outcome would be due to the severity of the primary injury." Mr Albalawi provided two victim personal statements to the court, one on January 22, 2020 and another in December. In the first statement he described he is "not used to depending on one eye" and says he often bumps into people. He stated he felt "isolated" and "doesn't wish to go out as I'm anxious of being followed" and feels "embarrassed". Mr Albalawi said: "I used to laugh and smile with everyone and now I fear any contact due to my current appearance." His studies were also affected and his mother was "worried about him going back to the UK" and is "worried about what might happen to me". In another statement on December 18, 2020, Mr Albalawi said: "Even a year later my eye condition is unstable, I feel pain in my eye when I sleep." He says he still struggles with day-to-day activities such as "taking a shower and putting clothes on" and added "I can't focus on studying because I cannot see out my right eye." Racism, hate crime and how we can tackle them together The organisation Stop Hate UK has a list of useful websites and telephone numbers for people who encounter hate crime, including crime online and specific types of hate crime aimed at groups and individuals. This article by the website Vox explores what it means to be anti-racist - and features a range of recommendations for further reading on the issue. The Black Lives Matter website co-ordinates global campaigning and awareness around the issues which have been raised in recent weeks - but which have deep roots in societies across the world.
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." He said: "I have become afraid of people" and said he no longer participates in activity trips "because of fear of my eyes". In a heartbreaking comment Mr Albalawi added it has "resulted in myself being bullied, both by myself and by other people". Brown has one previous conviction for one offence of drunk and disorderly behaviour in 2014 and received a caution in 2013 for battery. Oliver King, defending, said this is "by far the most serious offence he has been convicted of" and said "there is nothing on his record to suggest being racist or picking on people because of their nationality." He asked the judge to note Brown's early guilty plea and said "he accepts he could have been more forthcoming in interview". Mr King said: "When he talks about the offence he describes that he doesn't see himself to be racist." Judge Gary Woodhall said: "The problem is lots of racists don't believe they are racist." Mr King stated: "He is at a complete loss as to why on that day he said what he said."
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