Brave Mosiah battling back after attack

BRAVE Mosiah Torres, who was beaten by school thugs, is making a gradual recovery today - although he is still unable to fully open his mouth nearly one month on.

Tom Potter

BRAVE Mosiah Torres, who was beaten by school thugs, is making a gradual recovery today - although he is still unable to fully open his mouth nearly one month on.

The 18-year-old sixth form pupil has made the first promising steps towards a full recovery and is hoping to return to Copleston High after the Easter break.

He was set upon by a gang of up to 15 pupils on the school field, leaving him with shocking injuries.

Mosiah spent three days in hospital with head injuries and a broken jaw and was told he would require metal screws in his jaw for life, putting in jeopardy a promising singing career which saw him on stage performing solo with the Suffolk Youth Orchestra.

Mosiah's father, Am�rico, who moved to the UK with his family from Portugal two years ago, said: “He is doing very well but is still seeing doctors.

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“It is not a full recovery. He can't eat hard stuff. He can't open his mouth fully and we don't know what will happen in the future. “But emotionally he is doing very well.

“We would like to say thanks for all the support we received from The Evening Star readers. Many of them were very nice and many of them called directly.”

The attack happened after a football strayed into an area of the school playing field being used by a group of pupils who allegedly began kicking Mosiah's 12-year-old brother Eddie but turned on Mosiah when he ran over to defend his sibling.

But Mosiah hasn't let the incident break his spirit and is due later this month to apply to become a religious missionary, a voluntary journey lasting three years which he has wanted to do since he was young.

In the meantime the hard working teen will be concentrating on completing his A-levels.

Mr Torres said: “He went back to school before the Easter holidays.

“The teachers were nervous because they were afraid that there would be a fight but everything was very calm.”

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