Scottish young dad saved by North Face quilted jacket when ‘slashed’ by yobs

A mum has told how a padded jacket saved her son’s life after two thugs jumped on him in a shocking and unprovoked attack.

Lewis McGinty, 21, was walking his girlfriend’s dog in Alexandria, near his home, on Sunday night when the men jumped on him.

He managed to get away and escaped with only scratches that mum Michelle McGinty was only thanks to the thick padded jacket he was wearing, which was slashed in the attack.

Lewis, who is about to welcome her first child, is shaken by her ordeal.

Former West Dunbartonshire councilor Michelle said: “Lewis is very lucky not to have been seriously injured. It’s scary because it was a completely unprovoked attack.

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“He was standing on the grass waiting for the dog and he saw two people walking down the street. The next thing he heard footsteps behind him and the two boys were right there.

“He fell to the ground, put his hands on his head for protection and rolled into a ball as they tried to stab him.

“We don’t know what they had, but they must have had some sort of weapon because she tore his jacket. One of them tried to jump on his head and tripped and he was able to get away.

“He said it all happened so fast. He was wearing a thick padded North Face jacket and I think it saved his life, but others might not have been so lucky.

Lewis suffered a bump to the head and has scratches on his arms and chest, which could have been much more serious.

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She added: “Anyone who knows Lewis knows he’s autistic and not a fighter, so it was absolute freedom what they did.

“He’s a big gentle giant and he’s not aggressive at all.

“He didn’t even fight back, he just rolled into a ball to protect himself and ran away at the first opportunity.

Speaking yesterday, he told The Lennox he did not see any of the attackers with a weapon, but believed they had tried to stab him due to a small cut in his chest and his damaged jacket.

He said: “One of them punched me in the head and then I went down to the ground to protect myself. They were kicking me and one of them tried to jump on my head but missed and that’s where I ran.

“When I got home, I saw that I had marks on my body and my jacket was torn. I feel good even if I have a little pain.

Police Scotland have issued an appeal for information with a report of the two men following the attack.

A spokeswoman said: ‘Police Scotland can confirm they are investigating an unprovoked assault which occurred just after 8pm on Sunday March 6 in North Street near Lennox Street where a 21-year-old man was assaulted by two men, who punched and kicked him in the head and body.

“Fortunately, the victim was not seriously injured but was shaken by the ordeal.

“The suspects are described as male, white, early 20s, approximately 5’10”, one was wearing a blue tracksuit and the other a black Adidas top and black pants.”

Cops want anyone with information to get in touch: ‘Police are appealing to witnesses or members of the public with information to contact the police or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.’

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