The wife of an assaulted retailer has appealed for the capture of his attackers before they hurt someone else.
David Basrai of Oxclose Convenience Store in Washington, Tyne and Wear was attacked by two men last November.
The attackers failed to steal anything from the shop, but left David with a fractured skull and broken jaw. He managed to make his way home and call police before being taken to hospital with a serious head injury. The two men remain at large.
As part of a Northumbria Police appeal, the retailer’s wife, Karen, spoke of the effect the attack had on their entire family and re-released images of his injuries.
“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,” she said. “Whoever did this to him has not just damaged him personally, but they’ve damaged the whole family. We’re pulling together 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.”
She urged anyone who had information to come forward before the perpetrators did the same to someone else.
“These people need to be caught, my husband survived someone else might not be so lucky,” added Karen. “Someone must know something, they must have information about who is responsible. We’ll never be able to move on until these people have been caught.”
Just last month, a Scottish retailer died of wounds sustained during an attack while in his store. Javaid Ali of Sunshine Grocers in Paisley, Renfrewshire was stabbed in the neck on June 15 and died after a two-week fight at Royal Alexandria Hospital. Javaid was well liked in the community and was described as “a wonderful father and husband, and a great friend to many”. His attacker also remains at large.