A Dundee man has said he could have been killed when a thug armed with a metal walking stick bludgeoned him repeatedly in a vicious attack.
John Hutton was targeted in the city’s Strathmore Street and left with a fractured arm and a black eye after the horrific assault.
The former Braeview Academy pupil’s partner Stacey Boyd pleaded with his attacker to stop, and the 30-year-old was taken to hospital the day after the incident because he was in “excruciating” pain.
John said he has been left in shock and was initially reluctant to report his ordeal to the police.
He said: “This attack was completely random.
“The guy had been walking along the street. I’m aware he lives locally to the area.
“He shouted abuse at me whilst I was inside the (Ms Boyd’s) house and I went out to ask him what was going on.”
John said his attacker hid behind a green bin before approaching him and unleashing a series of blows with his walking aid.
He added: “The metal stick struck me across the face and my arm as I tried to shield myself.
“I went back towards the man nearer to the Arklay Street side of Strathmore Street and he attacked me again with the stick.”
John said that he was left disorientated and that the man started to punch him in the face.
He added: “I suffer from epilepsy and I don’t know if I had a fit during the incident.
“My partner was pleading for the man to stop attacking.
“The swelling was that bad, I couldn’t see out of my eye.
“I contacted the non-emergency NHS number because I was in excruciating pain.
“They told me that paramedics were on their way and I was taken to hospital.”
Medics at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital examined John and confirmed his arm had been fractured during the attack.
He added: “I’m lucky I wasn’t killed as I have a fractured skull due to an accident I’d had years ago.
“The hospital said they couldn’t put a stookie on my arm because it wouldn’t heal.
“I’ve been left with these injuries all because of a random attack.
“I’ve got to go back to Ninewells to see if there will be any long-term damage.”
The incident, which has now been reported to the police, happened around midday on October 18.