Appeal after Heckmondwike man beaten with wood on his way home from Dewsbury night out
The family of a Heckmondwike man battered by thugs in the early hours of Sunday morning have joined police in appealing for information regarding the incident.
Phillip Steberis, 29, was set upon by three men whilst walking home from a night out in Dewsbury town centre.
He was viciously kicked, punched and struck by pieces of wood he believed to be laced with nails. The assailants made off with his iPod and wallet.
His family, led by sister Caz North, took to social media to appeal to any witnesses of the incident, which took place on Walkley Lane at around 4am.
Caz said: “All he was doing was walking home from a night out, which he has always done.
“For no reason, a small groups of lads started with him. He walked off and some guys pulled up in a car to see if he was alright, but when they left the guys just jumped him out of nowhere.
“One had him in a chokehold and others hit him all over with pieces of wood with nails sticking out.
“He’s upset about it, as you can imagine. We want to find out who did this.”
A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “The incident happened at around 4am when the victim was approached by three males all wearing hooded tops.
“He was then hit with tree branches and knocked to the floor where he was kicked in the face.
“Any witnesses are asked to call police on 101 quoting crime reference 13180306442.”