metropolitan police are appealing for information and
vigilance following a violent homophobic assault on a
40-year-old man in the city's Clapham Common.
Detectives say they are investigating the incident,
which occurred at approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday, March
18, near the wooded area of the common.
The attack follows the killing of Jody Dobrowski
on the common last year, although police have not said
whether the two are linked, as well as assaults on two
gay men nearby earlier this month.
Police say the latest victim had been talking to
the suspect prior to the assault and during the
conversation suggested he was gay. The suspect
reportedly became extremely agitated and then physically
assaulted the victim, who suffered severe facial
injuries and a broken right leg and was knocked
unconscious. A witness called police and ambulance service
to the scene.
According to police, the suspect in the case had
earlier behaved in an aggressive manner toward a
29-year-old man in the same area. Police have
conducted forensic tests on the area but are urging more
witnesses to come forward with information that could
lead to the attacker's arrest. (Sirius OutQ