A cigar-smoking thug punched a man so hard in the face that he spent three months in hospital – before strolling away smoking a Winston Churchill-style cigar.
Jeremy Potter, 44, was out with his girlfriend when a bald man in his 40s wandered out of a convenience store and bumped into his girlfriend.
The bearded man, who was smoking a cigar, refused to apologise to the pair and after a moment of arguing punched Mr Potter in the face, shattering his jaw and permanently disfiguring him.
He stayed for four days at an east London hospital where he received intensive surgery to his jaw which needed two metal plates and reconstructive surgery, but was not discharged for three months.
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The cigar-smoking man, pictured, is wanted by police for attacking Jeremy Potter, 44, last November, after punching Mr Potter in the face and sending him to hospital for three months
Mr Potter said: ‘I was just doing what I thought was right by asking for an apology for my girlfriend and as a result I’ve got a permanently disfigured jaw and am having to come to terms with life without feeling in my lower face.’
Mr Potter, from Islington, north London, suffered permanent nerve damage which may result in permanent loss of feeling following the attack at around 9.10pm in Brick Lane, east London on November 1 last year.
The man, pictured, is believed to be in his 40s, 5foot 10inches and was wearing dark rimmed glasses and carrying a ‘Religion’ shopping bag at the time of the incident
The video shows the man, pictured, continuing to smoke his cigar seconds after sending Mr Potter to the hospital. Mr Potter is permanently disfigured from the incident
Police are now hunting the 5foot 10inches tall attacker, who has a bald head with short brown hair on the sides and a brown beard.
The wanted man, pictured, refused to apologise to Mr Potter for bumping into his girlfriend while exiting a convenience store in Brick Lane, east London.
He was wearing large black rimmed glasses, a grey jacket over a red top, beige trousers and brown shoes and carrying a white shopping bag labelled ‘Religion’.
Detective Constable Lydia Stephens, investigating officer from Tower Hamlets CID, said: ‘This was a violent and unprovoked attack in the middle of a busy street. The victim was seriously hurt and his injuries are likely to impact him for the rest of his life.
‘If you recognise the man in this footage, I urge you to get in contact with us.’