VANCOUVER - The B.C. Supreme Court has sentenced a birthday reveler who punched and caused permanent blindness to a Good Samaritan who tried to break up a fight.
Premjit Rai was sentenced to two years less a day imprisonment after he, along with his friends during a birthday celebration, got into a fight outside a downtown Vancouver pizza joint two years ago on March 13.
Eric Fair was inside Champion Pizza on Granville, waiting for his food, when he heard screaming outside in a “chaotic situation” between Rai and another group of men, according to court records.
Fair stepped in and asked the men to go home and “call it a day,” but was struck by a “sucker punch” strong enough that the former doorman believed his left eye exploded.
Fair had to undergo two surgical operations and is now permanently blind.
Rai, now 25, told court he threw the punch because he was overly intoxicated and said what happened wasn’t normal for him.
“He states that he now has a better understanding of the effects of alcohol and that he stopped drinking in October 2012,” Judge Patrice Abrioux wrote in his decision.
As part of Rai’s sentencing conditions, he is no longer allowed to be on Granville Street between West Georgia and Davie Street at night.
Fair will also be paid $18,483 in restitution for the incident.