Student's dream of flying an RAF jet shattered by thugs who kicked him so hard his right eye popped out
Joshua Harvey was punched, kicked and strangled after he was set upon after leaving a nightclub
A student who was set for a career as a pilot has seen his ambitions destroyed - after he was attacked by thugs and left blind in one eye.
Devastated Joshua Harvey, 21, had been due to join the RAF but his professional flying dream has been grounded by seven mindless louts.
Joshua had been out with friends when he left a nightclub and was set upon by the group who punched, kicked and strangled him.
His right eye was knocked out of its socket and doctors were forced to insert three metal plates in his head to stop it slipping even further.
He now has permanent loss of vision and a large scar meaning his modelling days are over and his plans to join the RAF lie in tatters.
Joshua, who was in the first year of an engineering degree, has also been forced to postpone his studies until he recovers.
Police have described the assault as 'completely unprovoked' and say the attack had 'long term' consequences.
Joshua, of Exeter, Devon, said: 'I used to have 20/20 vision and my dream was to join the RAF and become a jet or helicopter pilot.
'But that has been written off because of what happened. It was so unnecessary and had no impact on the people who carried out the attack.
'There were multiple kicks and punches to my face. I had bruises all over my face and a sore throat from where I was strangled.
'I had a modelling contract but now have a lovely big scar on my face. I am so angry and I don't even want to go outside.'
Joshua, who was set for a career as a pilot, has had his ambitions destroyed - after he was left blind in one eye
Joshua, a student at Exeter University, was attacked as he left a nightclub in Exeter at around 1.30am on November 25.
He was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where doctors operated on his eye and inserted three titanium plates in his head.
His right eye has slipped between two fragments of bone and doctors say he will never regain full sight.
Det Supt Colin Taylor, of Exeter CID added: 'We desperately need to find the people responsible for this.
'There was nothing to provoke this incident which has had a major impact on Joshua's opportunities in life.'
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