Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Nearly Got Killed for My Pounds 5 Mobile; GANG OF THUGS STAMP ON NURSE IN BID TO STEAL PHONE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Nearly Got Killed for My Pounds 5 Mobile; GANG OF THUGS STAMP ON NURSE IN BID TO STEAL PHONE

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Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY

HIS head was kicked and stamped on for the sake of a mobile phone worth less than pounds 5.

Michael Pacitti, 42, thought he would die when he was set upon by three thugs who repeatedly kicked him in the head when he refused to hand over his wallet and phone.

The psychiatric nurse, from Heaton, Newcastle, was lucky to escape without serious brain damage following the unprovoked attack, which left him with serious head injuries.

Today, as Michael, recovers at home from a fractured skull and bleeding on his brain, he told of the moment he thought he would be killed.

"All I can remember is a collage of boots coming in the direction of my face," he said. "I was just thinking; 'They are stamping on my head. Jesus, this is it.'"

Michael, was walking along Cardigan Terrace, in Heaton, after visiting a friend, when he was approached by the three thugs at around 10.45pm on Tuesday, December 30.

"I could hear some running behind me and when I looked up I saw three young fellas," he explained. "They stopped in front of me and one of them demanded my mobile. I said I wasn't going to give it to them.

"Then one of them reached for my pocket. I tried to push him away but before I knew what was happening they pounced on me.

"They pushed me off my feet and the next thing I knew I was on the floor. And then they stamped on me."

Michael, who works at Gateshead's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has no idea how long the attack lasted, but he says it felt like a lifetime.

"I must have been making some attempts to defend myself but it is all just a blur," he said.

A man living nearby saw the attackers run away and went outside to help Michael, who was lying in a pool of blood.

The man called an ambulance and covered Michael in blankets as he waited for paramedics.

"I must have been out for the count," said Michael.

Michael was taken to hospital where scans revealed he had a fracture on the back of his skull and bleeding on his brain. He was taken to the neurology ward at Newcastle General Hospital where doctors said the following days would be critical. …

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