Sep 12 2012 By Louise Reilly
HORRIFIED onlookers watched helplessly as a man was viciously attacked with his own crutch.
The victim, thought to be in his 30s, was brutally beaten by three males in front of a female friend.
The attackers used one of the victim’s aluminium crutches, and a dog chain, as weapons during the sustained attack.
Blood stains were still visible through the rain-soaked tarmac when the News spoke to horrified witnesses the following day.
The assault, which took place in Calderwood Square car park in broad daylight last Tuesday was witnessed by scores of horrified shoppers and local workers.
A shocked builder, who was working at the Square, described attack as “one of the worst beatings he’d ever seen”.
He said: “I heard a lassie screaming and I looked round and saw a guy kicking someone on the ground, then I saw another guy hitting him over the head with a crutch.
“They were kicking him senseless and hitting him with a dog lead. Then the crutch snapped and they stuck it into him.
“He eventually got up and shouted ‘I didn’t want it to come to this Mark ... this is too much ... I’m sorry, I’m sorry’.’.
“They hit him another couple of times and the boy just collapsed and they disappeared and took the crutch with them.
“An ambulance and police were here within ten minutes, then the CID came an hour later.
“There was quite a lot of blood. It’s one of the worst beatings I’ve ever seen. It was ferocious.”
Witnesses told the News the area was sealed off for some time while detectives carried out their investigations.
Residents in nearby Tannahill Drive were reportedly instructed to remain in their homes.
East Kilbride police confirmed three males carried out an assault on a male in the square car park at 7.15pm on September 4.
The victim required hospital treatment.
The suspects are described as being in their early 30s. Police say they had a small dog with them.
Anyone who witnessed the assault or who holds information which could lead to an arrest should contact police on 01355 564000.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.