THE VICTIM of a “cowardly, vicious and unprovoked” racist bottle attack says he still has nightmares about it.

Yehsung Kim, 22, was struck with a champagne bottle to the face as he walked through Brighton.

The University of Sussex student was confronted by teenagers Louis Barrett and Bradley Garrett.

Barrett, now 19, shouted racist abuse and made racist gestures with his eyes towards Mr Kim, who is from South Korea and was studying international relations at the time of the attack.

Then video footage showed the moment Garrett, now 18, lunged forward and smashed a bottle into Mr Kim’s face.

It left him needing dental surgery worth more than £2,000, and a video of the “sickening” attack went viral.

Mr Kim said he even saw Barrett in the Pryzm nightclub a year after the attack, and said rather than apologise the yob simply laughed at him

He said: “Everything has pros and cons in life. This incident has grown me up and taught me many things.

“I feel good about this, as this is how I overcome it.

“But I still struggle mentally and emotionally. I sometimes dream about it repeatedly. When I finally wake up it is distressing. I have a bad mood and it has affected me in real life.”

Mr Kim asked the defendants in the dock at Lewes Crown Court: “Do you guys know how I feel every time?

“Before I left the UK I saw Louis Barrett in Pryzm. This was the last time where he could have said sorry. He did not, he laughed at me.

“He was too drunk and was thrown out by bouncers. I thought, this is him. There’s no change, and no worries about the future.

“I don’t want them to be shameful because of the past, but I do want them to be punished, but now I respect the court’s decision.”

Barrett, 19, of Temple Grove, Burgess Hill, denied the encounter at Pryzm but admitted racist harassment and racist common assault.

Garrett, 18, of Pierces Lane, Haywards Heath, admitted attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm.

The duo were due to be sentenced today but Judge Stephen Mooney delayed his judgment until tomorrow morning.

The judge described the incident as a “cowardly, vicious and unprovoked attack”.

He heard mitigation about the troubled lives of the two young men in the dock, who were aged 15 and 17 at the time.