‘All my clothes were covered in blood. It was horrible’ – Sunderland teenager’s neck slashed in bottle attack

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A SCHOOLBOY fears he has been scarred for life after a thug smashed him over the head with a bottle.

Clark Monarch has been traumatised by the terrifying park attack which left him covered in blood.

The 15-year-old has now been left with a three-inch scar on his neck.

Clark, from Hastings Hill, Sunderland, was knocked to the floor by the force of the blow. Left dazed and in agony, he managed to stagger to his feet and reach a nearby road, where he was spotted by a passer-by and rushed to Sunderland Royal Hospital.

“There was a lot of blood,” he said. “I don’t remember much about the attack. It was a blur. It seemed to be all over in seconds and then I was at the hospital.”

The Sandhill View School pupil said he was walking home with friends when they were approached by another group of youngsters in Grindon Park.

After arguing with one of the boys, Clark was lunged at by another lad brandishing a bottle.

“I was in a lot of pain,” said Clark.

“The lad seemed to come out of nowhere. I didn’t know my neck had been cut until my friend told me. All my clothes were covered in blood. It was horrible.”

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Sunderland Youth Court, where he pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.

He was given a nine-month referral order and ordered to pay £750 victim compensation, with £85 costs.

“I still don’t know what damage has been done,” said Clark. “I’m feeling better now, but I don’t think the scar will ever go. I will just have to hope it fades as I get older.”

Clark is still coming to terms with the ordeal, which has also shaken his family.

“My mum and dad were really upset by it,” he said. “They were terrified. They didn’t know how serious it was until they saw me.

“It has been a nightmare.