Teen stabbed in chest in Finsbury Park desperate to find Good Samaritans
11:55 17 April 2014
A schoolboy who was ignored by passersby as he staggered into the road with a gaping knife wound after being robbed at Finsbury Park station is trying to track down the Good Samaritans who came to his aid and probably saved his life.
Jahmal Swaby, 15, said his life “flashed before his eyes” after the attack in the early hours of Sunday morning.
He was with friends when he was knifed in the chest by the gang, who demanded he hand over an expensive Louis Vuitton scarf that he had borrowed from his brother.
Despite being injured and distressed, he was ignored by passers-by. Drivers swerved around him as he staggered into the road in a desperate attempt to seek help.
He was eventually saved by two men who told him not to panic, placed him on the ground and put pressure on the wound to reduce the loss of blood, before calling an ambulance.
“I didn’t feel pain when it happened but I just remember my life flashing before my eyes,” said Jahmal.
“Then I went into shock and felt the pain. I was scared but nobody seemed to care – people deliberately tried to avoid me. It made me feel worthless.
“When the police came, the men who helped were pushed to one side but they didn’t leave.
“They waited till the ambulance came to take me away.”
“I would like to meet and thank them in person. I’m sure that I would not be here today if it wasn’t for their help.”
Jahmal, who would like to study technical theatre, was rushed to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, where he stayed for two days to receive treatment for a four-inch long, three-inch deep stab wound.
Adrian Williams, 35, Jahmal’s brother and the owner of the scarf, which police have kept as evidence, became his legal guardian after their mother died two years ago.
He said: “I would like to say thank you to them in person. It is rare to find normal citizens who are willing to help people in need these days.
“There are people who openly condemn knife crime and show their support to victims but when push comes to shove, these same people are the ones who walked past my brother, with their heads down.”
The two helpers were both white, middle aged, around 6ft tall and of normal build. Both had Irish accents and one was wearing a black polo top.
Two boys aged 14 and 17 who were arrested in connection with the attack have been bailed to return to a police station next month.
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