I FEARED I’D BE STABBED IN BRU­TAL BEAT­ING

Vic­tim re­lives his ter­ror af­ter gang of nine launch vi­cious day­time at­tack

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

A teenager at­tacked by a mob of youths in Cam­bus­lang says he was ter­ri­fied they would pull out a knife.

The 17-year-old was walk­ing through Half­way Pub­lic Park at 2.30pm on De­cem­ber 29 when he was as­saulted by a gang of about nine boys loi­ter­ing near Park View Pri­mary School.

He was walk­ing past the group when he was ap­proached by one of the males who head- butted him to the face, caus­ing in­jury to his nose and left eye.

The at­tacker then kicked the young­ster and pushed him to the ground, be­fore the oth­ers joined in the beat­ing.

Speak­ing to the Re­former, the teenager, who does not want to be iden­ti­fied for fear of reprisals, said he

was com­pletely shocked he was so bru­tally as­saulted in broad day­light on a walk home which he had done hun­dreds of times be­fore.

He said:“I was scared. Some boys are known for car­ry­ing weapons and other things like that and I wasn’t sure what was go­ing to hap­pen.

“A few peo­ple came to help dur­ing the at­tack, but by the time they came, the boys had run off. One of the guys was kind enough - even though he was go­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion - to take me home.

“I was taken to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment. I had a bruised eye and I got x-rays for bro­ken fa­cial bones, a sus­pected bro­ken arm and foot in­jury. My arm wasn’t bro­ken but they think I have cracked or bro­ken ribs. I’m very sore, there’s lots of bruis­ing and swelling.”

The teenager and his fam­ily have joined the po­lice in ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to the at­tack to come for­ward.

The lo­cal lad be­lieves his at­tack­ers must be caught to en­sure oth­ers feel con­fi­dent to use the park as place for play and leisure.

“They have to be stopped,”he said.“I would be afraid to go through there at any time on my own now. It’s as if I am ex­pect­ing some­thing to hap­pen now.”

The boy’s mother, who has a dis­abil­ity - has also urged all those with in­for­ma­tion on the at­tack­ers to con­tact po­lice. She said:“How would other peo­ple’s mums feel if their child came to the door and they were phys­i­cally at­tacked? Es­pe­cially if they rely on their son as their carer.

“I’m ap­pre­hen­sive every time he goes out the door now.

“Is he go­ing to be at­tacked again, are th­ese boys go­ing to come af­ter him be­cause he re­ported it? That’s what goes through your mind.

“Could it be a knife or a gun next time?”

PC Gareth Laird at East Kil­bride Po­lice Of­fice is ap­peal­ing for any­one who ob­served this in­ci­dent, par­tic­u­larly those who as­sisted the vic­tim, to con­tact him on 101.

Al­ter­na­tively, peo­ple who have in­for­ma­tion on those in­volved in the in­ci­dent, can con­tact Crime Stop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

At­tack The boy en­tered the park near Park View Pri­mary be­fore he was set upon

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