A REVELLER from Chester is hoping national media coverage will help catch the thug who broke his jaw just because he has ginger hair.

Alex Kosuth-Phillips from Handbridge was celebrating his 23rd birthday in Birmingham with girlfriend Tamzin when he was subject to an unprovoked attacked by a yob outside a pizza take-away.

The single punch knocked the former Kinnerton resident to the pavement and he lost consciousness but was lucky not to be killed or suffer brain damage.

Medics found his jaw broken in two places and he had to eat through a straw for three months with dieticians concerned he would suffer from malnutrition.

This week Alex appeared on ITV1’s Daybreak, who broadcast the shocking CCTV footage which police hope will help trace the perpetrator.

Alex said: “All I remember is walking into the pizza parlour and there were two of them. One said something to my girlfriend, I asked what he said and he started swearing, becoming abusive and mocking my ginger hair. I said I didn't need it and I was leaving.

“All I remember was opening the door and the next thing I knew I was in hospital, where I had to have two lots of surgery.

“It's just not fair that people go around doing this kind of thing. They show no care for what they have done and no remorse,” added Alex, who works as a duty manager at Domino’s Pizza in Saltney.

And the former University of Chester student wonders if the perpetrator could be a boxer because he ‘punched straight through me’.

He commented: “I had not been allowed to see the CCTV of the attack until last week and it was a bit hard-hitting. It's the first time that I have seen both of my parents cry. It was traumatic at the time and it's traumatic now.”

Alex added: “I lost two stone in 12 weeks and had to eat mashed potato, coleslaw and cheese for three months. I have two plates in my jaw – even now I can't eat meat and get a lot of pain.”

“I was depressed and scared to go out after it first happened and it has been hard to come to terms with,” said the former pupil of Castell Alun High School in Hope.

Detective Constable Louise Corcoran said of the attack last February: “This was a serious unprovoked assault which left an innocent man knocked out cold and requiring surgery.

“It’s had a lasting effect on the victim, who has been left physically and emotionally scarred by the assault. We need to catch the person responsible and ensure justice is done.”

Anyone with information should call CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.