Beaten unconscious for trying to stop a beating

2009-01-06 00:00

The wife of a man who was severely beaten while trying to stop a group attacking a young man in Copesville, waited anxiously in the corridors of Northdale Hospital yesterday as doctors operated on his leg.

“I’m so worried, anything can happen … A life is a life; there’s no 100% guarantee, no matter what the doctors say,” said Suhaima Saeed of Northdale.

She was very angry about the incident and said it was traumatising to know that her husband “will never be 100% the same again”.

Her husband, 26-year-old Fahim Saeed, was beaten unconscious on Saturday evening after he tried to stop a group of men from assaulting a young unlicensed Copesville driver who hit three vehicles parked at a funeral in the area.

The mob broke his left leg in two places and inflicted injuries to his upper body and face.

“I am still in a lot of pain. I can’t even move my leg,” said the car salesman before his operation.

He said the operation was to realign his broken leg and said doctors told him his leg will never heal “100%”.

“They are going to fix the bone between my hip and knee, and put a rod through it … They said I’ll be in hospital for two weeks and at home for six more,” he added.

Saeed said he and his brother-in-law tried to help the youngster, but their attempts were met with aggression by the group and he chose to turn away.

“When I was walking away somebody tripped me and they all just started booting me … and then the next thing I knew, I was in the hospital.”

The 20-year old unlicensed driver, who cannot be named because he is under investigation for car theft, said he was unaware that the man who helped him ended up in hospital, as he ran away as soon as the two men intervened. He said although he didn’t suffer severe injuries, he was beaten up “quite badly”.

Police are investigating.

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