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Re-appeal for help to solve Knaphill assault which left victim in hospital for two months

News   •   Jul 03, 2019 15:33 BST

A victim has talked about the impact an assault has had on his life as officers continue to appeal for help to solve the crime.

The victim was left in hospital for two months and has no memory of the assault which happened in Anchor Crescent, Knaphill at approximately 7.50pm on Tuesday March 26.

It’s believed that the 53-year-old was followed outside of the pub at 7.50pm and violently assaulted. He suffered multiple fractures to his jaw, requiring two operations, a serious head injury which has caused ongoing memory loss. He also has loss of feeling in his face and hands and has only just started rehabilitation to stand and walk.

The victim said: “You wouldn’t wish this on your worst enemy, you just wouldn’t. I can’t remember anything about what happened, I just ended up in hospital.

“It’s the smallest things you take for granted every day that I can’t do. If you break a bone it can heal, but it’s different with a brain injury.

“Everything I enjoyed and liked doing before I can’t now. I used to go out cycling but I can’t anymore and I don’t have a job any more as I have no ability to work. Everything you can think of has gone. Basically my life is finished.”

Investigating officer PC Jo Merton said: “This was a shocking attack which we believe was unprovoked and has ruined the victim’s life as he has been left with serious injuries which require extensive rehabilitation.

“Hopefully the severity of what’s happened and the impact it has had will trigger someone to do the right thing and come forward. No matter how insignificant you might think your information is, please get in touch with us.”

The men officers are keen to speak with in connection with the incident are described as:

  • First man: was wearing a white Under Armour t-shirt, blue jeans, dark baseball cap and has a brown goatee style beard.
  • Second man: was wearing a chequered long sleeved shirt, has a full, styled brown beard with brown slicked back hair, with bright coloured eyes.
  • Third man: was wearing a dark coloured Under Armour hat, green t-shirt, bald head with brown heavy stubble.
  • Fifth man: was wearing a dark coloured sign written or logoed hooded jumper and has messy brown hair with brown stubble.

One man has been arrested and has been released under investigation.

If you know who any of the men are, were in the area at the time, or if you have any information, please contact Surrey Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) or http://surrey.police.uk/TellUsMore , quoting reference PR/45190031713.

You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/.