Horrific stab injuries of Bristol man Jack Cole after Thailand attack
These are the horrific injuries suffered by Bristol holidaymaker Jack Cole as he defended his girlfriend from a sex attack by a gang in Thailand.
Brave Jack Cole, 21, was stabbed across his face and body as he protected April Clifton from the group of seven.
The couple were on holiday in the beach resort of Ao Nang when four men and three women suddenly pounced on student April.
Jack, who works for Office Angels and is from Peasedown St John, fought off the ringleader but was then surrounded and repeatedly stabbed.
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He says he thought each blow was a punch – but then realised he was being slashed and stabbed.
The gang fled and April, 21, from Midsomer Norton, also in Somerset, was unharmed but Jack suffered wounds to his face, arms, chest and legs.
It is understood police are questioning three suspects in connection with the attack.
Jack was recovering in hospital in Thailand yesterday and believes the terrifying assault was sexually motivated.
He said: ‘‘It was a calculated attack. They drove past us several times checking us out. We thought they had gone but they came out of the shadows and attacked April.
‘‘They laughed as they grabbed April as a mob. There were seven of them. Four men and three girls.
‘‘I knocked the guy down who had grabbed April and then they crowded around me and I thought they were punching me.
‘‘But it seems every punch was a stab. They were shouting in English ‘Come on. Come on’.
‘‘I saw that April had managed to run away to the safety of a local dive shop and I fell to the ground as the group ran away laughing.
‘‘I managed to stagger up to a foreigner who I begged for help and people came to staunch the flow of blood. There was no reason for the attack. We had never seen these people before.
‘‘They appeared to be driving in a gang looking for foreign victims. They made no attempt to take my wallet. They were just interested in April.”
The couple had been staying at the luxury Centara Grand Beach Resort Hotel and were attacked as they walked to the Nopprarat Thara pier.
They were set to catch a speedboat to their resort in neighbouring Plai Plong Bay when they were attacked.