By Dan Coles
A dad-to-three savagely beaten while he was out with his heavily pregnant girlfriend claims a thug broke his jaw over 60p.
Chris Robson, 26, from Coventry, was walking towards a pub in Earlsdon, a suburb of the city on April 2 with partner Sonia Richards, 30, when they were approached by a man asking them for 60 pence.
Sonia said no to the request from the unknown man, who appeared homeless, but as they continued to walk they claim they were verbally abused by him and stopped to ask him what he had said.
Chris claims the man then punched him five times in the body and head in a horrific attack, leaving him covered in blood and with a broken jaw from when he hit his head on the concrete pavement, while six months pregnant Sonia screamed for help.
Sonia said: “We were just walking to another bar when the man came out of nowhere.
“He asked us for money, but when said no, then he started shouting at us.
“We couldn’t understand what he was saying, when Chris asked him the man just attacked.
“He hit him in his face and his body, but one very heavy hit ended with Chris smashing his head off the floor.
“I was so scared because Chris suffers from epilepsy and he could have had a fit.
“His mouth was full of blood and it had dripped down all of his clothes.
“I’m from Earlsdon, and now I don’t feel like I can go there after this.
“The rise in knife crime is scary, and this could have easily been a knife, I’m just glad it wasn’t.
“I was terrified that Chris would have a fit, he passed out again and we put him in the recovery position.
“There was blood all over his clothes, and in his mouth.
“When we got home, my grandmother told us he needed to go to hospital as she thought his jaw was broken.
“We’re just hoping Chris’s jaw will be sorted soon and the thug who did this to him is caught.”
On April 2, Chris and Sonia arranged to meet some friends in Earlsdon, whilst walking towards a second pub later in the evening around 7pm, a man approached the pair asking for money.
When they both said no to the man, who they believe was homeless, he allegedly attacked Chris and beat him to the floor.
Chris tried to get a hold of the attacker, but after several punches was knocked to the floor and passed out, Sonia shouted for their friends who came running down the road and picked Chris up.
The couple claim University Hospital Coventry, which Chris was rushed to, have rearranged an operation to fix his jaw three times – leaving him at home in agony.
Chris, who is originally from Newcastle, added: “I just don’t feel safe going out anymore, I have never had my jaw snapped where I’m from.
“They’re animals here, people get stabbed for nothing and I could have been killed.
“The hospital told me I would get my jaw fixed up on three separate occasions, but it keeps changing.
“They just gave me loads of medication and after waiting for a cancelled operation I just discharged myself.
“They’ve said my operation will happen this week [April 12] but I’ve lost all faith in them and will be going elsewhere.”
West Midlands Police confirmed they were investigating the incident.
A spokesman said: “Police are investigating reports of an assault on Albany Road, Earlsdon shortly after 9pm on Tuesday (2 April).
“A man in his 20s and his friends were approached by another man asking him for money.
“He refused and the offender punched him in the face, resulting in a broken jaw, before he ran away.”