A woman lost an eye after being violently attacked by a man she invited into her home to get warm after seeing him begging in the street.
The victim, 45, was punched in the head until she fell unconscious by James Squires, 39, after offering him food and drink.
She said she took pity on Squires – who posed as a rough sleeper but was not actually homeless – as he was sat outside a shop in Evington, Leicester, on a cold February day.
After giving him a bite to eat, a cup of tea and some cider, she asked Squires to leave so she could go to bed.
In response, he attacked, punching her unconscious and hitting her so hard he ruptured her right eye.
She woke up covered in blood and bruises, with a broken jaw. Her eye was so badly damaged it had to be removed in surgery.
In a victim impact statement read out at Leicester Crown Court, she said: ‘What happened has broken me 100 per cent.
‘I’m starting to be less nice to people. I don’t mean to be. I’m taking out how I feel on others and this isn’t me.
‘I was offering someone I thought was homeless a warm up, a cup of tea and a cheese sandwich.
‘It makes me feel like I don’t want to be nice to people.’
Prosecutor Adrian Wolfson said the victim suffers from fibromyalgia which leaves her in constant pain and at less than five feet tall she is ‘very petite’.
The victim – who has been fitted with a prosthetic eyeball – knew Squires from having given him money in the past, the court heard.
Mr Wolfson said: ‘They chatted for a couple of hours and she shared a bottle of Frosty Jack cider with him and when she wanted to go to bed she asked him to leave.
‘She remembers being punched twice, hard to the face and then losing consciousness.
‘This was a repeated and sustained attack an involved stomping by this defendant with a shod foot.
‘That caused hideous injuries to her eye.’
The victim now suffers panic attacks and sometimes imagines her attacker sitting on her sofa, the prosecutor said.
Squires – who appeared via video link – told judge Robert Brown: ‘I ain’t got nothing to say.’
He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent at an earlier hearing.
Defence barrister Steven Newcombe told the court: ‘The explanation that has been provided [by Squires] is she had woken him up by way of punches.
‘He had fallen asleep and she wanted him out of the house.
‘He exploded. His recollection is for something like 10 to 15 minutes, he hit her.’
Judge Brown said he expected heroin-user Squires was affected by drink and drugs and said the attack was probably not pre-meditated.
He said: ‘He would probably have been quite astounded at the level of injuries he caused.’
Squires, of Avon Street, Leicester, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison and he will serve half before his release.
He was also told by the judge to undergo drug treatment while in prison.