THE wife of stag do assault victim Philip Bagnall has told how she feared their wedding day would be ruined when she discovered he had been viciously attacked.
Mr Bagnall was dressed as Elvis on a night out in Ashton town centre when Joshua McCormick inflicted horrific injuries on him outside a taxi rank in a completely unprovoked attack.
McCormick, 20, of Ashurst Drive, St Helens, was last week sentenced to two years in a young offenders’ institution, while Mr Bagnall, 33, subsequently struggled to make his marriage vows and was forced to eat a liquidised wedding breakfast through a straw.
Vikki said: “Phil had written a big speech but could only say a few lines. We also had to liquidise his meal - which we’d already paid for - so he could drink it through a straw.
“Despite this, our wedding day was amazing. We didn’t let it ruin our day at all. I was just happy Phil made it to the venue. I was beginning to think we’d have to say our vows in hospital.
“When Phil was told he’d have to spend a week in hospital I really started to panic. I was worried he might not be well enough for our big day - we still had so much to do.
“As Phil couldn’t work, I had to take on extra shifts to help pay for things, which cut even more into our planning time. It was also a struggle finding someone to look after the kids.
“The kids kept crying all the time, asking for their dad, and Phil found it extremely difficult to be away from them.”
Vikki also told of the devastating moment she learned her partner had been attacked.
She said: “I didn’t know Phil was in hospital until I woke the next morning. When I found his side of the bed empty, I was confused as to where he was.
“When I picked up my phone to call him, there was a message from him saying he was in hospital and I really started to panic.
“I rang his phone a few times but got no answer, so tried all his friends to get some answers, but none of them knew. All anybody could tell me was he’d left to get a taxi on his own. Eventually I got through to his dad who was there with him. I couldn’t get up to the hospital to see him until 10pm at night because of work. It was the longest day of my life.
“When I walked into the ward and saw the state of his face, I had to stop myself crying. His face was five times bigger than it was when I saw him last. It didn’t look like him at all.”
The couple have welcomed McCormick’s custodial sentence and reckon justice has been served.
Vikki added: “What happened to Phil was horrific. It was a completely unprovoked and unnecessary attack.
“He’s now too afraid to leave the house by himself. The attack has hugely knocked his confidence. I’m glad Joshua McCormick handed himself in, as now we can feel some relief that justice has been served and move on with our lives.
“If anything good has come of this, it’s brought us closer together as a couple.”