POLICE have issued a petition warrant for the arrest of a 24-year-old man after a pub customer was blinded in one eye in a horrific knife attack.
Bryan McCabe, 43, had been watching a darts match in Jo’s Bar in Leith Walk when a man walked in, waved to bar staff and then plunged a kitchen knife into his eye shortly before 9.30pm on Monday. Witnesses said the attacker then calmly walked out. Shocked drinkers immediately rang emergency services and Mr McCabe was rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
He was later transferred to St John’s Hospital, Livingston, where he underwent surgery.
Bar manager Jo Singh, 37, said after the incident: “I really am shocked. We’ve never had anything like this happen.”
An NHS spokesman confirmed that Mr McCabe was now in a “stable condition” after the surgery.
A police spokesman said inquiries were ongoing and asked anyone with information to call 0131-311 3131.