Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lost Hours in the Life of Attack Victim; Those Caught on Film Could Hold the Key to Mystery

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lost Hours in the Life of Attack Victim; Those Caught on Film Could Hold the Key to Mystery

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

STAGGERING home after being attacked, these are the lost moments in David Robson's life.

The dad-of-three was left bloodied and bruised when he was set upon by a gang as he walked home from his brother's house.

But he can remember nothing of the assault, which resulted in him losing hours of his life.

In a bid to trace the attackers, police have now released clips from CCTV cameras which shows a taxi driver and a woman who could be vital witnesses.

One clip shows David unsteadily stumbling home after the beating.

Today the 36-year-old, who has struggled to come to terms with his attack and is still off work, joined police in appealing for witnesses.

He said: "It would make me feel much safer walking around Felling if I knew they had been caught. It would jS ust give me some piece of mind and help me move on."

David had been at his brother Tony's house before he was attacked in the early hours of May 13.

Police believe a group of around three men knocked him to the ground and kicked and punched him before stealing cash and cigarettes from his pockets and disappearing into the night.

But shop supervisor David can remember nothing of the attack.

All he can recall is walking through Felling, and then turning up at his mother's door in a bloodied state.

"I had just been at my brother's house having a couple of beers and watching the telly," he said. "I left quite early because I had to be up for work early the next day.

"The last thing I remember is I was walking down towards my house. And then I can remember being at home and braying on the door." When David's mum Linda opened the door she was horrified by what she saw and his parents took him straight to hospital.

"She says when she opened the door there was blood pouring down my face. They rushed me up to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital," he added.

David, who works at B&M Home Bargains in Jarrow, needed stitches and staples in a number of cuts in his head. …

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