The groom-to-be Scott Richards was attacked in a local pub the night before his wedding day. “I still have nightmares about it now, where I wake up in a cold sweat and can’t get back to sleep,” Scott said.
An unsuspecting groom almost lost an eye after being struck with a glass during a quiet pub quiz the night before his wedding day. But is it to the church on time.
Scott Richards, 31, will require more than 14 stitches and was almost forced to call off the big day — after medics warned he might need an eye removed, and that he would be signed for life.
His devastated bride Adele, 34, from Ashford, Kent, England, saw her groom’s mutilated face for the first time as she walked down the aisle after only on the height of the attack a few hours before.
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The attacker, 28-year-old Tyler Plumridge, who threw the glass into Scott’s face at the Singleton Barn in Ashford in Kent, was spared jail at Canterbury Crown Court in May 2019. A stranger, Plumridge took off after after the member of Scott’s group on the quiet Sunday-night pub quiz, when he was caught stealing a wallet and a phone.
He was asked to hand the stuff back and leave the pub, but instead stripped to his pants for throwing a pint glass in Scott’s face.
Scott Richards was attacked by a man in a pub on the eve of his wedding.
The couple claims that their almost-$23,000 wedding day, for that they been saving for two years, “almost completely destroyed” by Plumridge actions.
“I still have nightmares about it now, where I wake up in a cold sweat and can’t get back to sleep,” Scott said.
“The flashbacks are horrible. The whole incident was just so out of nowhere, we’d only gone for a few quiet drinks, but as soon as he threw the glass in my face, there was blood everywhere.
“The flashbacks are horrible. The whole incident was just so out of nowhere, we’d only gone for a few quiet drinks, but as soon as he threw the glass in my face, there was blood everywhere,” said Richards.
“I had to be rushed to [the emergency room] where they spent hours picking glass out of my eyeball.”
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Scott said that the doctors thought they may have to remove the eye entirely, and said that he may even miss his own wedding.
“My wife, Adele, that I was not meant to speak, if it is technically our wedding day, was devastated when I called to tell her. The whole day was really difficult as a result because I had a banging headache, I was in so much pain and looked right for the pictures.
“I was hurt, tied up and scars — our two-year-old son was clearly alarmed when he saw that I was all mangled up and kept asking if I ‘dropped.’ ‘Fortunately, the photographer was clever with the photos and we got some decent ones where I look OK, but it was really a nightmare.”
Scott’s bride-to-be, Adele, only to find about his accident hours before the wedding.
The wedding, which took place at Cooling Castle Barn, will eventually go ahead, in spite of the incident, but the couple feel that their enjoyment of the special day was strongly colored by what happened. Both Adele and Scott together for five years and have a son, Oscar, feel seriously let down by what they feel is a very lenient sentence considering Scott’s injury.
Plumridge was handed a suspended sentence, pleading guilty to assault charges of “grievous bodily harm” and was spared prison, but was ordered to pay Scott £ 1000 (around $1,270) in compensation within three months.
“I am totally outraged about the sentence,” said Adele, who works in marketing. “This vile man who almost ruined the most important day of our lives, never mind the health consequences for Scott. I am 100 percent sure that Plumridge knew that Scott was the groom and had any idea of what he was doing when he the broken glass in my husband’s face.”
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Adele admitted that Scott a brave face for the big day, but said it was “obvious” he was upset.
“When I saw him and I walked down the aisle, my stomach lurched, I thought I might be sick… I just couldn’t bear to see how bad the damage was. He looked terrible, despite my make-up artist to disguise some of the bruising.
“He was popping pain medication throughout the day and had a banging headache in the entire building. Our son was afraid to even look at his own father and kept asking me, ” What happened to Daddy?'”
Adele confirmed that Scott is indeed hid the news of his injury until early in the morning of the wedding, which he was not even able to rest.
“He wanted to not have to worry about the attack and so do not take the ring from me until 6 am on the morning of the wedding. I was shaking like a leaf after his sister told me in tears that I needed to ring Scott. For one horrible moment, I thought that I got stood up!
“We discuss the cancel of the whole thing, but ultimately decided not to do that.”
The couple’s son Oscar continued to ask Adele, “What happened to Daddy?”
Adele proved that both she and Scott were late to their own ceremony because of the accident.
“After I talked to Scott, I sat in my car and cried hysterically for 45 minutes, I couldn’t believe it was all wrong. Scott was too late, even if he couldn’t even shower, his brother had to wash all the glass and blood from his hair with the hand.”
The bride and groom were forced in their first week as husband and wife driving back and forth from William Harvey Hospital, in Ashford, and it’s specialist eye hospital, The Royal Victoria Hospital in Folkestone.
“We were supposed to be in a happy newlywed bubble, but instead I spent all my time rubbing various creams into Scott’s injuries and taking him to appointments. At one point they were even afraid that he would not recover his sight in the left eye at all,” she said.
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“He was still not completely well by the time that we went on honeymoon to the Dominican Republic two weeks later. He had to lie down a lot due to the migraine,” she said.
“‘Fortunately, the photographer was clever with the photos and we got some decent ones where I look OK, but it was really a nightmare.”
“A part of the scar’s Scott will never go [away] is now the one on his nose is red, like a burn, the skin is already wrinkled. “But it is not only the physical side of things, Scott is certainly not the same carefree person he was before the attack, he is much more wary and worried, now, and get uncomfortable in busy, noisy places.
“He used to be the most chilled guy in advance, and now he is lost,” Adele said. “He is in a permanent state of high alert, it is so sad to see how much it affected him.”