A 35-year-old man suffered a serious assault during a Hogmanay celebration at the Regent Bar, one of Edinburgh’s popular gay pubs, on 1 January around 00:30am.
According to witnesses, the victim was assaulted as he approached the bar by four men, of which one attacked the 35-year-old’s face with smashed glass.
Neil Pearson, who was at the pub told KaleidoScot: “A fight broke out which escalated rapidly. I think the fact that the pub was so busy actually helped it from escalating further.
“There was a smash and a huge explosion of glass that showered the bar and those standing at it or behind it. Two of those fighting were now half on the floor and there seemed to be a lot of posturing from the attackers’ mates.
“The victim had caught the glass in the face and was bleeding badly.”
Pearson attended to his wounds and was joined by a paramedic who identified as Kate, he then helped calm the victim’s wife who was very distraught.
“It was a great atmosphere in there until the fight broke out, I really like the pub, as its a right mix of people, right across the board, gay and straight and always friendly.
“I have got no idea why or how it started, I don’t think it was homophobia. Drink probably,” added Pearson.
The victim sustained severe facial injuries that will result in permanent scarring. Police Scotland escorted him for treatment to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and he has now been released, reported The Edinburgh Observer.
The four suspects left quickly the premises and walked away in the direction of London Road.
The main suspect who cut the victim’s face was described as a white man, with a Mediterranean appearance, between 5ft4” and 5ft8” in height and in his early 30s. He has a slight build, brown eyes and short brown hair with a side parting. He also has a Scottish accent and was wearing a blue sweater.
The second suspect is described as a white man in his mid 20s to mid 30s. He is around 5ft6” to 5ft10” in height with a heavy/muscular build. He has brown hair and was wearing a dark pullover and trousers.
The third man is also described as white and in his mid 20s to early 30s, of a stocky build, red-brownish hair and a squint. He was wearing a navy-blue jersey.
The fourth suspect is also a white man in his mid 20s to early 30s with dark hair and was wearing a dark top.
Detective Constable Graham McIlwraith said: “This was a deplorable and completely unprovoked attack on a innocent man, who was out for New Year with his wife and friends.
“As a result of this attack, the victim has been badly shaken and left with permanent scarring to his face.
“We are looking to trace these men as a matter of urgency. We are also eager to speak anyone who may have witnessed the attack in the Regent Bar or who may have seen the suspects walking in the direction of London Road in the immediate aftermath.
“This establishment was extremely busy at the time of the assault. Therefore we are asking any members of the public who may have taken pictures of the attack to contact us and submit their photographs to officers.
“Anyone with any information, or pictures to submit, should contact Police Scotland immediately on 101, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”