Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Police Renew 2011 Appeal to Find Thugs

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Police Renew 2011 Appeal to Find Thugs

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Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter

HE was battered and left for dead by robbers.

Now, four years on, police are still determined to put those who did this behind bars.

Two thugs attacked David Basrai with a weapon and left him with a fractured skull, broken jaw and a ruptured membrane to the brain after dragging him from his shop in Washington.

The brutal assault took place on Children in Need Night in 2011.

And now, on the anniversary of the incident, police are renewing an appeal with the hope the night will jog people's memories and unlock vital information that could help catch the culprits.

After the attack, David's wife Karen told how they had to sell up shop as her broken husband was unable to face working in the convenience store in Oxclose. But still to this day no-one has been caught.

At the time Karen, 49, said: "My husband has been left physically and mentally scarred by this incident.

"While he is better than he was, he is still recovering and has to come to terms with injuries that will never heal. Whoever did this to him has not just damaged him personally, they've damaged the whole family.

"We're pulling together the best we can and we're trying to move on, but it is difficult.

"Sometimes we'll forget about it for a few weeks then something will remind us and it brings it all back."

It was between 8.20pm and 9pm on Friday, November 18, 2011, when the violent pair crept in through the back door at the Oxclose Convenience Store in Oxclose Village Centre, Washington, as David was closing up.

The robbers dragged the dad-of-four out into the street, where he was subjected to a beating. They trashed the shop and stole cash and cigarettes before fleeing. David, 52, managed to make his way home and call police before being taken to hospital. …

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