Sikh priest, 62, battered and left for dead after brushing past woman

A grandfather has been beaten and "left for dead" for reportedly “brushing past” a woman in the street.

The 62-year-old Sikh priest is said to have been strolling through the Northern Quarter of Manchester when he brushed a woman’s arm, leading her boyfriend to allegedly follow and attack him.

The unnamed man was left face down in the middle of the street, lying in a pool of his own blood.

The violence over, the attacker is understood to have then simply walked away taking nothing more than a quick glance backwards.

CCTV footage shows the pair talking before the violence breaks out when the younger man punches the older man in the face.

The attack took place on June 23 and Greater Manchester Police are now trying to find the man responsible.

Images of a person of interest have also been released by the force.

According to theManchester Evening News, the older man’s family said the man who bought them so much joy is now “lost”.

He is understood to have not spoken a word since and has suffered a major injury to his brain.

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Relatives said: "Our loving and caring husband and father, 62, had his life tragically altered forever when a thug cowardly committed this heinous act, leaving him in a pool of blood with catastrophic permanent life-changing brain damage and walked away as if it was normal behaviour.”

They continued: "He worked long hours every day to help his children live the life he never got to and make sure we were raised to help and inspire future generations, raising a teacher, a pharmacist and a soon-to-be doctor.

"A Sikh priest was left for dead on the bustling streets of Manchester, a route he has walked home every day, while people watched on.

"He was mindlessly and violently attacked and the sick, cowardly individuals are still out there.

"We read horrific things in the news but never expect it to happen to one of your own, a man who could not say a single hateful or negative comment, who taught those around him to practice kindness.

"We have lost the life of the party, the light in amongst any darkness in our lives and the laughter and joy he brought home every day.

"He has disappeared and left our hearts vacant. We will sadly never get the man back who left for work that day and thought he would walk home to enjoy the nice weather.

"We appeal to anyone who knows anything or knows the offender to come forward.

"It is more than two months since the incident, and we are no closer to finding them and bringing them to justice for their actions.

"Please, please act today, not out of hate but to stop this happening again to someone else and tearing another family apart, as we would not wish this anguish on anyone else."

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: "Just before 6.30pm on June 23, 2022, officers were called by the North West Ambulance Service to a report of a man found unconscious in the road on Tib Street.

"CCTV enquiries revealed that the victim had been assaulted by an unknown male close to the junction with Hilton Street.

"The offender then fled the scene on foot, turning right onto Oldham Street.

"The victim was left unconscious in the middle of the road, before being taken to hospital where he has since remained."

One man has been previously arrested in relation to the incident but has since been eliminated from the investigation.

Anyone with information should contact cops on 0161 856 6049, online, or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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