I thought at­tacker in ‘evil’ mask was go­ing to kill me...


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By ALEX SCAPENS alex.scapens@men­media.co.uk @AlexS­capen­sMEN

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

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