It is believed that the victim was attacked by another man in Clearview Street after leaving the Dorset Tavern at about 10.30 pm.
A man was arrested soon afterwards and has been charged with grave and criminal assault. He is expected to appear in the Magistrate’s Court today. Following the alleged assault the victim was taken to hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. He was kept in overnight for observation.
After the attack the alleged assailant headed towards Queen’s Road on foot. He was said to have been wearing a striped jumper at the time. Scenes of crime officers from the States police attended the scene.
Detectives have spoken to witnesses who were in the area, but anyone who saw the two men in the street, or before the alleged assault took place, is asked to call CID on 612200 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.