Gang Stab Christian Hero as He Protects Children; Youth Worker Fights for Life after Attack at Anti-Crime Event

The Evening Standard (London, England), October 30, 2009 | Go to article overview

Gang Stab Christian Hero as He Protects Children; Youth Worker Fights for Life after Attack at Anti-Crime Event


Byline: Peter Dominiczak and Justin Davenport

A YOUTH worker is fighting for life after he was stabbed while protecting a group of children from a gang.

The 43-year-old father of four, named by friends as Simon Somerville, was attacked outside a Christian anti-crime event at the Albany Theatre in Deptford.

Today his brother-in-law, Pastor Eddie Hypolite, told the Standard that Mr Somerville was "a hero" who had shielded the children from a violent gang. The church-going former amateur boxing champion was stabbed several times in the stomach and chest and police are investigating the possibility that more than one of the attackers was armed with a knife.

Pastor Hypolite said that Mr Somerville was in a "critical" condition in hospital but "making a remarkable recovery".

Witnesses described a "running battle" on the Hero knifed Continued from Page 1 street outside the theatre. A 16-year-old also suffered stab wounds but was not seriously hurt and has left hospital .

Pastor Hypolite said: "Simon stood between the gang members and his kids. He was protecting them. He was trying to be the peacemaker and one of the gang members just went at him with a knife. …

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