Martial arts fan fends off attackers
June 17, 03
A MARTIAL arts expert today spoke of his lucky escape when he was attacked by a gang of thugs. The 27-year-old van driver, who did not wish to be named, used his self-defence skills when he was assaulted while making deliveries in Govan. The Renfrewshire driver was stabbed in the back, punched and kicked during the unprovoked attack by four men who asked him for a lift. He was delivering a catalogue in Arklett Drive, in Drumoyne, early on Saturday when they approached him. The driver, who works for Reality, was treated for stab wounds in Glasgow's Southern General hospital. Detectives are treating the incident as attempted murder. They are keen to speak to the driver of a white van who drove past the incident but did not stop.
Today, the victim told how his background in Aikido, a Japanese form of self-defence, helped him to fend off his attackers. He said: "I don't think they expected to attack someone with a martial arts background and one even said I had put up a good scrap." After the attack, he went to make another delivery, not realising he had been stabbed until he saw blood on the seat. He then drove himself to hospital.