Doncaster machete attack victim speaks out after ‘unprovoked attack’

The victim of a horrific machete attack in Doncaster has said he does not know why he was attacked.

Sunday, 9th February 2020, 3:14 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 7:31 pm

Police were called to Christ Church Road at around 7pm yesterday (February 8) following reports a man had been attacked with a machete.

At least five police vehicles attended the incident along with armed response officers while a cordon was put in place around a bail hostel on the street.

Officers say a 24-year-old man who was taken to hospital with slash wounds to his body, arms and legs remains in a stable condition and enquiries are ‘ongoing’.

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Jimmy Rylo with friend Chris Long in hospital.
Jimmy Rylo with friend Chris Long in hospital.

Now the victim, Jimmy Rylo, has contacted the Doncaster Free Press saying he doesn't know why he was attacked.

He said he had just returned home to his bail hostel for his 7pm curfew when he heard a car screech to a halt behind him.

He said: “Four men got out. One with a machete, one with a hammer and two with blades.

"I tried protecting myself by running into the house and pushing the door shut but they started slicing my arms, ht me over the head with the hammer and hit me with the axe.

“I’ve got deep lacerations to my thigh and calf, I've lost all movement in my left hand and they sliced my arm, chest and face.

“I don't have a clue why it has happened. I just think it was unprovoked.”

Jimmy said the doctors had said he will have emergency plastic surgery tomorrow and that he was being looked after by his friend Chris Long in the meantime.

“The police have asked for a statement but I don’t know who would do it or why,” he said.

“A lot of people round Doncaster are jealous of me and some other people who are good at boxing have been attacked recently.

“There have been some targeted attacks by these people and I think it is disgusting.

"But this won’t stop me I’m still the same man.”

Anyone with information which may help officers should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 794.