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Man kicked to brink of death for mobile phone

Feb 3 2006


A ROBBERY victim told how snarling thugs kicked him to the brink of death - for a mobile phone.

Surgeons battled for 12 hours to remove a blood clot from Keith Sutton's brain after yobs stamped on his head in a mindless frenzy.

Keith spent weeks in intensive care and has undergone extensive plastic surgery to repair his battered face.

But despite his nightmare ordeal, the brave 39-year-old, from Walworth, said this week: "I'm not going to let this beat me.

"I just want to get better and get on with my life."

Keith was set upon as he left a kebab shop in Walworth Road in the early hours of January 6 and wandered into Sutherland Walk.

The onslaught of kicks and stamps was only halted when a passing cab driver flashed his lights to scare the yobs off.

Keith has no memory of the attack but cops believe he was fleeced for a mobile phone and a credit card.

The assault mirrors a string of robberies in recent weeks where muggers have used disturbing levels of violence.

Matthew Smith, 21, was shot dead in a Streatham street by mobile phone robbers on January 9.

Another Streatham man was stabbed for a phone on January 15, and a further victim was stabbed in the chest last weekend in a failed robbery outside Stockwell Tube station.

Keith's dad Kevin, 70, said of his son's attack: "They think he was jumped from behind.

"He was robbed as he lay in the street and then for whatever reason his attackers stamped up and down on his head and face.

"The doctors told us he was three minutes away from death.

"These people are worse than animals."

Both attackers were white men in their early 20s.

One, slim and wearing white Reebok Classic trainers, may have had bloodstains on his cream jogging bottoms as he fled.

Witnesses to the 2.30am attack should call Walworth CID on 020 7232 6166 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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