VIDEO: Injuries mean attack victim's 'life is on hold'
The victim of a city centre assault which left him needing brain surgery and struggling to eat or walk says his life is still on hold.
Now Nicholas Watkins, who suffered the injuries after being punched and kicked in the head last Christmas, is backing a campaign which highlights the pain and suffering caused as a result of mindless violence.
The 27-year, from Ystalyfera, was punched and then kicked in the head during the early hours of December 27, while on a night out.
He needed major brain surgery as a result, which later required his skull to be re-built. He also continues to undergo intense rehabilitation to learn basic skills again including walking and eating.
Eight months on and Nicholas still has sight and balance issues which prevent him from working and leading an independent life.
His story features in a short film released today as part of the One Punch Ruins Lives campaign.
He said: "The doctors can't put a time-scale on when my eyes will get better and that is the one frustrating thing that is holding me back. I can't drive, I can't go places on my own, I can't work and until that gets better my life is on hold. But putting a positive spin on things, at least I am here to tell my story."
His father Paul added: "When you see your son being held up by three physios to walk five steps and you think of what he was doing prior to the attack – running, cycling, football – it is heartbreaking."
The video, produced by South Wales Police, has been posted on You Tube, where it will potentially be viewed by thousands of people who will see the devastating consequences of alcohol-fuelled violence.
The footage will also be shown to offenders and potential offenders to demonstrate the effect of violent crime on the victim and used for training purposes within authorities.
Owain Phillip Davies, aged 24, also of Ystalyfera, received a nine year prison sentence after being found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent.
One Punch Ruins Lives is being run by Safer Swansea and Safer Neath Port Talbot Partnership.
Chief Superintendent Julian Williams, who launched the campaign, said: "I thank Nicholas and his family for having the courage to share their story with the public. I really hope the film will make people control their behaviour and prevent this from happening to anyone else."