Gang victim 'lucky to be alive' after brutal assault in Abbeydale
THE victim of a horrific gang attack has said he thought he was going to die.
A vicious group of up to 20 teenagers and adults launched a battery of kicks and punches at their 27-year-old target as he walked home from the pub in Abbeydale on Sunday evening.
He and his family are so scared of being attacked again they asked to have their identities protected by The Citizen.
The all-male gang knocked the man unconscious, punched his girlfriend in the face, searched him and stole his £40 watch.
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Then, in a sickening twist, broke his leg in two places while he lay knocked out on the ground with his hysterical partner watching on.
It happened in Heron Way, while it was still light, at about 7.30pm.
He said: "I was walking back from the pub and my girlfriend was walking to meet me. There were a couple of kids staring at me so I just said 'all right' then one said 'are you going to start on a 16-year-old?'.
"I just carried on walking then looked around and there were 10 or 15 of them following me – I'd say from about 15 to 24 years old. That's the last I remember. If my girlfriend hadn't been there and called the police I honestly don't think I would be here now."
He was punched in the side of the head, knocking him out. His girlfriend, who was by this time on the scene, said: "I thought the worst, I thought they were going to kill him. One of them punched me in the face and I was just screaming at them to stop."
The victim's leg was broken in two places and all his ankle ligaments have been torn. He is recuperating at home in Abbeymead and will have an operation on Thursday.
Doctors have told him it will be six weeks before he can walk and three months before back to normal.
His dad said: "They are pure scum. There was a good chance he was dead, they knew that, but still they rifled through his pockets to steal his watch. That's not human."
Police are expecting to release e-fits of the suspects in the next few days.
A spokesman said: "This was a particularly nasty incident. We are not sure what, if anything, provoked this incident and clearly we need to find those responsible as a matter of urgency."
Call 101 citing incident 430 of August 26.