‘He said he wanted to kill me’: Ilford robbery victim tells of brutal attack as he tries to track mob

Iain Knight with his injuries

Iain Knight with his injuries - Credit: Archant

A man who was repeatedly punched, kicked and stamped on in a brutal Ilford robbery has turned detective to track down his attackers.

Iain Knight, 23, was walking from his home in Kingston Road, Ilford, to Seven Kings train station early on Saturday on his way to a guitar lesson.

He had just turned into Golfe Road when the gang of six attacked him from behind.

Keen athlete Iain said: “They held me up like Jesus [on the cross] while they punched me in the face and stomach really hard. I went down with the beating and they took my guitar and started going through my pockets.”

The acoustic guitar, in an olive green case, an iPhone5, a black iPod Nano and a wallet containing an Oyster card and £110 in cash, were stolen in the attack at 5.40am.

But the horror did not stop for Iain, even after the thugs had all his possessions.

“One person stamped his foot on my face when I tried to get up,” said Iain. “I lost count after 10 times and the next thing I saw was a black guy in a grey hoodie.

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“He said he wanted to kill me and kept punching me until he tired out.”

The gang fled when a resident came to Iain’s aid and called the police.

Iain was treated at King George Hospital, Goodmayes, for cuts, gashes and severe bruising on his face and ears.

But through the “agony” of his injuries, he has turned his mind to finding his attackers.

Data from his stolen Oyster card showed that a suspected robber took the 366 bus on Saturday and the 86 and 174 on Sunday.

Iain, a Bank of America compliance administrator, is now trying to get CCTV footage from Transport for London.

He is determined not to let the horrifying attack change his life and plans to go to his guitar lesson in Billericay as normal on Saturday.

Iain added: “I’m going to keep trying to find them. Sometimes you have to be the inspector yourself.”

Call Ilford Police Station on 020 8345 2653 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with information.