Search for attackers of man with chronic illness

Martin Robinson in Wigan Infirmary after he was assaulted at Indiependence

THE mother of a man who received horrific injuries in a vicious assault in Wigan town centre is appealing for people to come forward to help catch his attacker.

Martin Robinson, from Goose Green, was enjoying a night out with friends at Indiependence night club on King Street West, when he was pushed down some stairs and kicked so hard in his stomach that his bowel was perforated.

The 23-year-old, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, was rushed to Wigan Infirmary, where he underwent surgery to have part of his bowel removed.

His family, who were on holiday in Eygpt at the time, flew home early to be at his bedside.

His mum, Anita Riley, said: “You hear about things like this happening, but you just never expect it to happen to someone you love. Martin was a happy-go-lucky kind of lad, who loved to go out with his friends and enjoyed watching Wigan Warriors before this happened, and now he is in hospital and we have no idea how long it will take him to recover.”

Martin, who works at Tote Sport, was on a night out with a group of friends last Friday, April 1, when, according to witnesses, one of his female friends was getting some unwanted attention from a man who was not with the group.

Another of Martin’s friends went over to help the woman, but was approached by a bouncer, who asked him to leave. Martin saw the commotion so went over to ask what was going on.

He says that then he was pushed down a flight of stairs before being kicked in the stomach, despite pleas to his attacker to stay away from his stomach because of his Crohn’s, a severe and potentially life-changing bowel disorder.

Mrs Riley, her husband Phillip and Martin’s sister, Katrina, found out about the attack via a family member.

Despite their best efforts to get home sooner they were only able to reach the UK at 3am on Sunday morning and they went straight from the airport to the hospital.

Mrs Riley said: “Martin is really struggling at the moment, he can hardly move and is finding it hard to breathe because of the pain he’s in, he can’t lie down and is having to prop himself up and is on morphine.

“The nurses were really pleased with his progress and within 24 hours he was moved on to the Swinley ward, but he has been up and down since then and has had to have another CT scan because he may have developed an abscess or an infection.

“They are regularly having to check his blood pressure and the nurses have told us that we will have to take things one day at a time.”

She added: “We are appealing to the conscience of anybody who saw or knows anything to come forward and letting them know the full extent of what’s happened to Martin.

“We hope that somebody somewhere will come forward to police so we can bring this person to justice.”

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident. Greater Manchester Police are appealing for anybody with information to come forward, which they can do anonymously, and call 0161 872 5050.

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