A PAINTER and decorator suffered a fractured eye-socket, cheekbone and ankle in what police describe as a "frenzied and prolonged attack".
Mark McGirr, aged 44, has spoken out in an effort to encourage any witnesses who saw the beating to contact police.
Mark, who is self-employed, said he was attacked as he got out of a taxi outside the Clifton Inn in Clifton Street, Greenbank, at about 6pm on Sunday.
Mark, from Crownhill, said: "A man walked up and I can remember struggling. He threw so many punches and kicks at me, it was unbelievable.
"It went on for something like ten minutes. He just kept hitting and hitting me. I was kicked up against the wall of the public house and I remember it going on and on and on.
"I must have conked out at some stage because the next thing I remember was someone trying to hold me up."
Mark was treated at the roadside by paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service before being taken to Derriford Hospital.
He had suffered from a fractured eye-socket, a fractured cheekbone, two fractures to his ankle, lacerations to his fingers which required stitching, and severe facial and body bruising.
Mark said: "I've got lumps on my forehead, the back of my head, my ribs are sore, I feel sick and giddy all the time.
"I have to go to the eye infirmary and I've been told I may have long-term problems with my eye and ankle.
"I won't be able to work for a while. Even my phone went missing during the attack so I can't call anyone about work.
"There were a few witnesses around, or may have driven past, but no one has said anything to police. It would be nice if they came forward."
Detective Constable Graham Harding said: "This was a frenzied and prolonged attack. It was completely unprovoked and could have resulted in a much worse outcome for the victim.
"I would urge people who have information to contact us immediately."
If you can assist police, contact them on 08452 777444 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference number EC/10/7861.
A man in his forties has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and released on police bail until late September pending further inquiries.