Robbery victim thanks good Samaritan

"This is not going to break me" Those were the brave words spoken today by mugging victim David Podd, who says he would not be around if it was not for the kind actions of a good Samaritan .

"This is not going to break me"

Those were the brave words spoken today by mugging victim David Podd, who says he would not be around if it was not for the kind actions of a good Samaritan .

The 27-year-old was violently attacked and robbed in the early hours of Tuesday while walking home from a night out.

Today, while still recovering from severe injuries to his face and head, he spoke of his traumatic experience.

Mr Podd described the horrific ordeal that he believes nearly lost him his life.

He was just yards and minutes from his front door in Birkfield Drive when the attack happened.

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He said: "I haven't stopped shaking since. I do not remember the attack itself. I remember walking to the bungalow on the corner the next thing I know I was staring at the sky.

"The police have told me a man chased them off, he was also a first aider and I woke up to him explaining that I had been attacked.

"If it was not for him I would not be here now."

A section manager in Wilkinsons Mr Podd was celebrating a friend's birthday on Monday evening at Zest nightclub.

He said: "I left before the club shut. I have walked that way home so many times before and never had any problems. I won't be walking that way again though."

A split lip, bruised mouth, facial bruising and headaches David Podd is at a loss to explain why he was singled out by his attackers.

Mr Podd, who has had to drink out of a straw since the attack, said: "My friends describe me as a placid man. I have never had any enemies. I try to get on with everyone.

"I am scared to go to sleep, I haven't stopped shaking since and yesterday I cried for the first time in years. It is horrific. I cannot get angry but I am very upset and shaken."

Living alone with his two cats Molly and Holly Mr Podd made an emotional thank you to the man who came to his aid.

In a letter, which he plans to give to police to pass on, he paid tribute to the stranger.

He said: "You have restored my faith in the tale of the Good Samaritan. Even after what has happened to me has left me shaken and upset it is comforting to know people like you exist."

A former recluse Mr Podd explained that he had a breakdown seven years ago.

"It has taken me this long to become a social and strong person again. I am determined not to let this beat me. It will knock me back for a little while but it won't break me."

Seeking support from family and friends Mr Podd thanked them and the emergency services for their help.

He said the muggers took his wallet and smashed his glasses.

"They are evil people for what they have done to me. I would warn people to make sure they go home with someone else or get a lift or a taxi.

"The shock of what has happened has made me more aware."

As reported in yesterday's Evening Star police believe Mr Podd was attacked by a man and a woman at about 1.40am in Birkfield Drive. They are appealing for witnesses.

Anyone with any information should contact Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Were you the good Samaritan? Do you know who he is? Contact The Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 324789.

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