Father brutally attacked in front of his three-year-old child
POLICE are appealing for information after a father was attacked in a residential area in the southside of Glasgow in front of his three-year-old child.
The attack, which took place near Queens Park in Shawlands, happened in broad daylight and was described as “despicable” by police.
It is understood that the 26-year-old man, who is believed to live locally, was pushing this three-year-old son along Venard Gardens, just off Pollokshaws Road in the leafy enclave of Strathbungo, just before 11am on Saturday morning. He was approached by a man who demanded he hand over his phone and when he refused, he was attacked and injured in front of his toddler. The suspect then fled.
Police and an ambulance were called and the man was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment. Medical staff described his condition as stable. Locals said police had been carrying out door-to-door enquiries in the area, as well as questioning local business owners, as they checked for witnesses. Although they described the street where the attack took place as “quiet”, the area is popular with young families and on the edge of a busy road, with several pubs, cafes and shops nearby.
One local mother, who was walking past the corner of Venard Gardens just minutes after the attack said a police car pulled into the street with siren blaring, closely followed by an ambulance. “It’s a horrendous thing to happen to someone in front of their young child,” she added.
Police said they are still investigating and have not issued a description of the man although they claimed he was “of gaunt appearance.”