I FEARED I’D BE STABBED IN BRUTAL BEATING
Victim relives his terror after gang of nine launch vicious daytime attack
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