I thought attacker in ‘evil’ mask was going to kill me...
STUDENT IS LEFT TRAUMATISED AFTER BRUTAL ASSAULT BY MAN WITH MACHETE
A STUDENT was brutally attacked with a machete by a man wearing an ‘evil smile’ mask on his last day studying in Manchester.
Saim Idrees, 22, from Pakistan, was left with deep wounds after being struck repeatedly outside his home on Cambridge Street, in the city centre, leaving him too traumatised to catch his flight home later that day.
He had just submitted his masters dissertation and was returning to his student accommodation in the early hours when the masked man stole his laptop and mobile phone.
Saim was left medically unfit to fly, suffering from shock, cuts that needed 13 stitches as well as two bone injuries.
Now back in his homeland, he will return to Manchester for his graduation but has shelved plans to work here and is instead hoping to forge a career in fashion textiles in Pakistan.
Saim, a University of Manchester student, said: “Mentally I am recovering quite slowly. I thought he was going to kill me. The man ran at me with a machete and said, ‘give me everything,’ and hit me six times or more.
“Afterwards I went inside and couldn’t control myself and fell on the floor. When I went to the airport they said I couldn’t fly as I was in shock and I had to re-book.
“It was my last day as a student and in Manchester, and I have a special affection for the place and friends there.
“But this puts a shadow over that and makes me start to hate the place. I was going to get a job in Manchester for one or two years, but not now.
“I now have horror dreams. What he did was inhuman.”
The attack happened shortly before 4am on Monday and the robber escaped in a silver Ford Ka that had two or three other men in.
He is described as white, wearing a grey hoodie and an ‘evil smile’ mask.
Saim, from Faisalabad in the Punjab, was taken to hospital, where he spent seven hours before being released.
He had come to the UK in 2013 and completed a degree and then a masters in international fashion retailing.
His dissertation was in ethical fashion and has been lost with the laptop, although the university has a hard copy and will print him a paper version.
A police spokesman confirmed they had received reports of a robbery and were investigating but no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Saim Idrees and, right, the injury he suffered to his ankle. Above right: A mask similar to the one worn by the attacker