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Man shot in the eye on same spot as King Harold

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 18, 2013

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A man lost an eye after he was shot at the site of the Battle of Hastings - by a man called Mr King, a court heard.

Terrified Isaac Fuller, 25, was visiting the famous landmark when he was hit in the head with a projectile fired from catapults by Eli King and Anthony Adams, both 23.

Isaac lost the sight in one eye - echoing the fate of King Harold who died after he was shot in the eye during the battle there against William the Conqueror in 1066.

The attack took place in May in the town of Battle, East Sussex, the site of the famous Battle of Hastings.

Isaac says King and Adams shot him because they was jealous he was dating his ex - and fired at him near the exact spot where it is believed King Harold lost his eye.

King, from Battle, denied grievous bodily harm with intent and was caged for 12 years after being found guilty by a jury at Brighton Crown Court.

Adams, also from Battle, admitted the same offence and was jailed for eight years.

Isaac lost two teeth and his left eye during the sustained attack, which says was sparked because King was jealous of his relationship with King's former girlfriend.

Isaac told the court: "I got shot in Battle. I got shot in the back of the head, shot in the mouth and lost two teeth.

"I got shot in the eye and I lost my eye. It took out my left eye."

Janice Brennan, prosecuting, said: "He was battered and bruised, had lost his teeth and had completely lost his left eye.

"He was attacked by two men. One was Anthony Adams. Mr Adams has pleaded guilty. The other was Mr King."

He told the court how he then turned round, to see Adams wielding a catapult, who then shot him in the mouth.

Isaac ran away, where he was pelted with more projectiles by the pair, before stopping in an alleyway.

He said: "I stumbled and turned to face them. I looked up. I was looking straight at them when I got shot again.

"I was shot in my left eye. It just came out. I fell down. Eli King shot me in the eye."

After the sentencing, on Monday, Sussex Police issued a statement.

It said: "King and Adams fired ball bearings pellet from catapults at the victim and one of the ball bearing hit him in the eye blinding him. He ended up losing his eye."

Detective Sergeant Paul Graham added: "The sentences Adams and King received reflect the seriousness of the assault.

"The victim suffered a sustained attack which resulted in life changing injuries. The long jail sentences send out a message that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated."

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