Stabbed man feared he was dying

A NIGHTCLUBBER stabbed in an alleged attack, today said he feared he was dying when he saw blood pouring from his wounds.The 21-year-old had left Liquid in Cardinal Park, Ipswich, with his 20-year-old girlfriend and a group of friends, when he said they were set upon, leaving four of them needing hospital treatment for stab wounds.

A NIGHTCLUBBER stabbed in an alleged attack, today said he feared he was dying when he saw blood pouring from his wounds.

The 21-year-old had left Liquid in Cardinal Park, Ipswich, with his 20-year-old girlfriend and a group of friends, when he said they were set upon, leaving four of them needing hospital treatment for stab wounds.

As three people are under arrest in connection with the incident, which happened early last Friday, the pair are unable to talk about certain details for legal reasons.

However the 21-year-old man, who lives in the Castle Hill area but did not want to be identified, was prepared to relive its aftermath.


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He said: "I thought I was going to die at first. I thought that was it. I collapsed on the road, looked at my shoulder and saw blood rushing from my arm. One of my friends said I also had another wound and that was when I panicked even more. I was in a dream."

In total he was stabbed three times. The injuries required nearly 20 stitches on the outside of his body. One of the wounds also required stitches on the inside of the injury, he said.

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His girlfriend said she became extremely distressed when she saw the amount of blood soaking through the man's white t-shirt.

She said: "My boyfriend was laying on the floor covered in blood. I thought he was gone. I thought he was dying, there was so much blood. I couldn't look at him. He said 'I love you' and I just burst out crying."

As it was around closing time at the club, the couple said there were more than 60 people in the area at the time.

They also expressed their gratitude to a man who gave the 21-year-old first aid while they waited for paramedics to arrive at the scene in Quadling Street, opposite the Post Office building in Grafton Way.

The good Samaritan tried to staunch the bloodflow by putting pressure on two of the injured man's three wounds. He also kept talking to him in a bid to prevent him losing consciousness.

It was only when they arrived at hospital that the man and his girlfriend discovered three of their friends had also been stabbed.

She said: "When I got to the hospital I found out there were people who were even worse. One of them had a gash going right across his stomach and he had one on his arm as well which went right through his muscles. The other one also has stab wounds. I found out today he might also have a punctured lung. The third boy had slashes on his arm."

Her boyfriend said he has little recollection of getting to the treatment room.

He said: "I was drowsy and out of it. That's all I remember. My doctor said I was lucky it was not worse. The night staff were brilliant."

Although unable to elaborate on how the incident began, the pair were keen to stress it was not provoked by alcohol.

It is believed police are trawling through CCTV images as part of their investigation.

A 19-year-old man from Ipswich, a 28-year-old man from Woodbridge and a third man have been released on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of the alleged attacks which happened around 2am on Friday.

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