An 80-year-old man who was knocked unconscious in a road rage attack has told Sky News he wants to see the "idiot" who was responsible as they prepare to come face-to-face in court.
Great-grandfather Paul Eva was crossing a road with his wife when he had a verbal altercation with a motorist, who got out of his car, ran after the pensioner and pushed him into a brick wall.
Police released CCTV footage of the attack in Penge, southeast London, in a bid to catch the driver after Mr Eva suffered serious injuries, including a broken wrist, nose and cheekbone.
John Dugdale, 56, pleaded guilty last month to causing grievous bodily harm and is due to sentenced on Tuesday.
Speaking to Sky News ahead of the hearing, Mr Eva said his wife Jackie thought he was dead following the attack – which happened on her birthday – and he is still struggling with his injuries.
He said he plans to attend Dugdale’s sentencing as he would be unable to recognise his attacker if he came across him again in the street.
When it happened, my most vivid memory was the woman, who was the passenger in the car, glaring at me with pure hatred, he said.
That’s what stuck in my mind.
He was driving too fast. I was nearly across the road when he nearly hit me, so he must have seen me.
My wife was pretty shaken up by the whole experience.
Asked whether he believed his attacker should be jailed, Mr Eva replied: That’s not really up to me is it? To me, the guy is just a complete a*******. If he gets that message from me, that’s enough for me.
If I bumped into him in the street, I wouldn’t recognise him. I’ve got no idea who he is.
I just want to see who this guy is who thought he could behave in such a bloody manner.
I just feel he’s a f****** idiot.
After police released footage of the incident, Detective Constable Luke Thomson said the victim suffered horrific injuries from the nonsensical attack which could have cost him his life.
There is no place in society for unlawful and aggressive acts such as this, Mr Thomson added.
Mr Eva, a retired bricklayer, was unconscious for around two minutes after the attack in April and was covered in blood when he was found by officers and paramedics.
He told Sky News he is still not 100% as he continues his recovery.
I broke a bone in my hand which is still quite painful, he said.
The plaster has been taken off but I can’t use my hand properly. My teeth ache like anything.
I was totally unaware he was following me up the road. He deliberately pushed me, but whether he intended to give me as many injuries as I got, I don’t know.
The Metropolitan Police said Dugdale, from Croydon, south London, handed himself into a police station last month and later pleaded guilty to one count of causing grievous bodily harm.
He is due to be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court.