A YOUNG man who was slashed across the face with a knife in a Dewsbury park is scared to go out of the house alone since the attack, according to his brother-in-law.
Michael Ramsden spoke to The Press following the vicious assault on 18-year-old Adama Sah in Crow Nest Park last Tuesday.
Gambian-born Adama, who is visiting his sister – Michael’s wife – in Dewsbury Moor, was “minding his own business” walking through the park at around 6pm when he was attacked from behind by a group of three male youths.
A description of the attackers is yet to be issued by police.
Adama has been living in Italy – he’s an Italian citizen – and Michael said: “He’s very very quiet and shy, he doesn’t speak to anybody unless they speak to him.
“All he says is that they were behind him walking and caught up to him.
“One said to him ‘are you alright mate?’ and then he turned round and they attacked him.
“He saw one of the lads slash out with the knife and he was then on the floor and they were kicking him.
“He managed to get up and run away, they were chasing him, but they gave up and he came straight home.”
Michael said Adama came to the door dripping with blood from a huge gash on his chin. Michael dialled 999 straight away before he and his wife, Isa Tou, took Adama to Dewsbury and District Hospital.
He was then transferred to Pinderfields Hospital, where his cut was stitched. He is now recovering at Michael and Isa’s Dewsbury Moor home.
Michael said: “In a way, he was lucky it didn’t catch him a but further down on his neck.
“He hasn’t been out of the house since, only with me on Saturday.”
Adama is yet to make a formal statement. He has been in the country since December and is due to head back to Italy in May, but Michael said police want him to stay for as long as their investigations take.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Crow Nest Park on Tuesday, February 26.
“Officers were called at around 6.21pm, when the victim was approached by three suspects who assaulted him.
“The victim sustained facial injuries, including a laceration to his chin which required hospital treatment.
“Enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting crime reference 13190104924.”
The attack came as the government came under increased scrutiny following a significant spike in knife crime across the country.
Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff: “I’m shocked and saddened by the horrific knife attack on a young man in Crow Nest Park last week which will be distressing for the whole community.
“The recent spike in knife crime around the country has been described by one police and crime commissioner as a ‘national emergency’ and comes as new NHS data released on Monday reflects a 93 per cent increase in the number of young people targeted by knives.
“We’re 21,000 police officers down since 2010 and youth services have been the victim of savage cuts.
“It’s disgraceful that the Prime Minster has had her head in the sand and her cabinet can’t agree on their policy over this desperately important issue.”