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Police investigate attack on Jurijs Graholskis in Sittingbourne High Street

By Chloe Holmwood

A man who was left with horrific injuries after a night out in Sittingbourne says he wants justice.

Jurijs Graholskis had been out with three of his friends when he was attacked in the early hours of Sunday, November 4.

The group had been to Life Nightclub and were standing in the High Street talking between 3am and 4am.

Jurijs Graholskis was left with horrific injuries after a night out in Sittingbourne
Jurijs Graholskis was left with horrific injuries after a night out in Sittingbourne

Mr Graholskis, who is from Latvia but has lived in Sittingbourne for nine years, said: “We were about to head home.

“I remember there was a group of about eight or 10 young men smoking near us and one of them came over to my friend and pushed half a cigarette into his clothes.

“We said 'what are you doing' and the next minute they punched my friend in the face. Then they started on me.”

The 34-year-old said he lost consciousness after being punched in the face.

“I woke up with bad pain in my jaw,” he said.

“I tried to walk home and I remember them running to catch me and they started again, kicking me.”

Jurijs Graholskis was attacked after leaving Life nightclub with a group of friends
Jurijs Graholskis was attacked after leaving Life nightclub with a group of friends

Mr Graholskis said he and his friends had done nothing to provoke the group.

He thought they were aged between 18 and 25.

The following morning, Mr Graholskis said he felt like he couldn’t walk or speak.

“I was in a lot of pain,” he said.

He took himself to Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital, where he was sent to Medway hospital.

He was sent away, with painkillers, to return to Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead a few days later.

"I tried to walk home and I remember them running to catch me and they started again, kicking me" - Jurijs Graholskis

He had suffered a broken leg and a broken jaw, in two places.

On November 7, Mr Graholskis had to have an operation to have two titanium plates put in his jaw.

He later reported the attack to the police.

“I told them everything I could remember,” he said.

“They later told me they checked the CCTV cameras and couldn’t recognise any persons on the videos.”

Mr Graholskis, a loader at the Morrisons distribution centre in Kemsley, added: “I’m better now but I’ve been off work for about three months.

"He said the attack had put him off of going out in Sittingbourne.

“I want these people to be caught,” he added.

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