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Bloody violence in Berrylands

By River Reporter Nov 17, 2011

By Niya Sinckler

A Kingston student has a metal plate in his hand and another had to have three stitches after being the victims of an alcohol-fuelled attack.

Three Romanian Kingston University students were walking home along Berrylands Road at 1am on November 20 when a trio of drunken youths spotted them and started the fight.

“It all happened so fast,” said Tudor Rusu, 21, who received six blows to the head. “There was blood dripping from my face near my eye, lip and hand. I didn’t even know I was in a fight until at the accident and emergency centre.”

Mr Rusu, who studies aerospace engineering, was treated for a fractured wrist and hand, immobile fingers and severe bruises inside his mouth and left eye at Kingston Hospital.

“There were punches, grabs and kicks,” said Andrei Adam, 21, who received a large bruise to his eye after being hit in the face.

A similar incident is reported to have happened in the area moments before the attack. Three males were subsequently arrested.

Mr Adam, who studies civil engineering, said: “We were walking our friend home. These guys near the pub started shouting and coming towards us. We turned away. They followed us and began punching us forcing the fight into the middle of the road.”

A local resident witnessed the incident and saw one of the victims get thrown into his car, breaking the side-mirror of his BMW.

Friends and residents have said they are worried about walking the streets at night, fearing another random attack. The police are appealing for witnesses.

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