A student has been left with a broken leg and unable to work after he was brutally attacked by a group of people.
Sean Monk, 22, was in “good spirits” after enjoying “a good bottle of Sauvignon Blanc” at the Thomas Ingoldsby pub in Burgate.
But his evening took a turn when he arrived at the taxi rank in Canterbury bus station just after midnight, and was punched and kicked to the floor by “at least four people”.
“That’s where my memory is very, very hazy,” said Mr Monk. “My last memory after that is looking at the Boots in Whitefriars with a guy with short, blond hair and a striped shirt hitting me repeatedly in the face.
“I was getting hit left, right and centre by the others too. It’s completely cowardly and unjustified for that to happen. There’s no provocation worthy of that.”
It is believed Mr Monk, a student at the University of Kent, argued with the group before the attack.
Dazed and with blood gushing from a cut under his chin, he limped to the McDonald’s in the High Street to buy himself some chicken nuggets.
“The bouncer on the door was concerned about me and didn’t want me to come in because I was covered in blood,” he continued.
“He bandaged me up. There was blood all over my shirt, I had bloodstains on my shoes and my white jeans were absolutely caked in blood.
“I didn’t know at that point I’d broken my leg because of the combination of booze, shock and adrenaline. I didn’t get my chicken nuggets.”
Mr Monk has left the clothes he wore that night unwashed, believing they could help the police’s investigation of the assault: “There could be more than just my blood on them.
The following morning he woke up at his flat at the University of Kent campus confused and wrapped in bloodstained bed sheets.
Despite his ankle being “really swollen”, he thought he had sprained it. He also had two black eyes, swellings on his face and grazes across his back and arms.
“I went to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital that day where I was given paracetamol. The nurses also thought my leg was okay,” Mr Monk said.
“After three or four X-rays I was told the tibula was fractured and it was put in a cast. The doctors thought my leg had been stamped on.”
The 22-year-old had extended his contract as a customer assistant with Primark in Whitefriars for a further three months, but has been left unable to work with the injury.
He was told by doctors he would remain in the cast for up to six weeks.
The incident happened on Friday, July 6, and Mr Monk reported it to police the following Monday, but says he is concerned by their response.
“They haven’t phoned me once; the communication starts with me phoning them,” he said.
“There seems to be no concern for this and that annoys and worries me. I want the people who did do this to be caught and prosecuted.
“It would be incredibly concerning for other students if the police can’t find any surveillance footage and leads.”
"I was getting hit left, right and centre... It’s completely cowardly and unjustified for that to happen. There’s no provocation worthy of that" - Sean Monk
In response, Detective Inspector Cara Ferguson said: “The matter remains under investigation and a detective is working on the case. The officer is looking at the possibility that the incident was captured on CCTV and is following a number of lines of investigation.
“Every effort has been made to keep the victim updated on the progress of the investigation.
“It is clearly a distressing incident where the victim has suffered a serious injury and my officers will continue to do everything in their power to locate the suspects.”
Officers are urging anyone with information to call them on 01843 222289, quoting the reference number ZY/039373/18.