Sunday, 28 Nov 2021

Man, 69, only recognisable by watch after beating left with lifelong memory loss

A man has been left with permanent memory loss after being beaten inside his home.

Alan Dyke, 69, suffered multiple facial fractures and a bleed on the brain after being attacked inside his new house in Hull in May.

A 23-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man were charged with grievous bodily harm and robbery after the pair allegedly stole the victim’s mobile phone and bank card.

The 69-year-old had to remain in hospital for six weeks following the attack which left him barely conscious and is now suffering from memory loss and "repeatedly asks his family what day it is", the Daily Mail reports.

His son, Cameron, said he only recognised his father from a Breitling watch he was wearing in his hospital bed.

He added: "I wasn’t allowed to see him until the day after the attack. When I went to see him, as you can imagine from the photos it was heartbreaking to see my dad in such a state.

"I only recognised him from his Breitling watch I bought him, which he was wearing in the hospital bed.

"Since the attack, his memory has been declining rapidly. He asks me the same repeated questions such as, what day is it?

"And then he can’t remember what he had for food. He remembers his life before the attack such as people, his working life, but nothing that’s happened recently."

The engineer, who worked on oil refineries all over the world, was still working at the time of the attack.

However, he is now unable to work and has lost his home, living instead in supported accommodation helped by a local charity.

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