Driven out by shop attackers

SUBMITTED PIC'David Basrai - pictured'The attempted robbery happened around 10.35pm on Friday, November 18, when two men went into Oxclose Convenience Store, in Oxclose Village Centre in Washington
SUBMITTED PIC'David Basrai - pictured'The attempted robbery happened around 10.35pm on Friday, November 18, when two men went into Oxclose Convenience Store, in Oxclose Village Centre in Washington
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THE family of a shopkeeper left for dead in a savage beating today told how thugs had driven them out of their business.

Dad-of-four David Basrai suffered a fractured skull, bleeding to the brain and a suspected broken jaw when two raiders burst into his Oxclose Convenience Store, in Washington last November and made off with cash and goods.

David Basrai.

David Basrai.

One year on from the sickening attack, his wife of 27 years, Karen, told the Echo the family are selling the business.

She said: “It just brings back everything and it’s too much.

“It’s mixed emotions for us and we are sad, but it’s what we feel we have to do.

“When someone is attacked, people think it’s just the person who is affected. But it’s not, it’s the whole family.”

The Basrais now faces an uncertain future as they look for other employment.

“It has cost us our livelihood, this,” added Mrs Basrai, 47. “We are trying to rebuild our lives.

“We live in Sunderland, but we don’t know what the future will hold.”

Mr Basrai, who is originally from the west Midlands, has endured a terrible year as he battled to overcome his injuries, and although he will be in discomfort for the rest of life, he is still able to enjoy spending time with his three sons and daughter.

“He has recovered very well, better than expected actually is what the doctors said,” said Mrs Basrai.

“It took him about eight months to come back to work part-time, but I think he has coped very well by shutting out what he has been through.

“He will never be the same person because he will have medical problems for the rest of his life, but that will not stop him from going out to work.”

The Oxclose community rallied round the Basrais after the robbery, something which the family say they will be eternally grateful for.

“I would like to thank all of the customers for the support that they have given over the last 12 months,” said Mrs Basrai.

“It’s been a tough year for us, but they have been brilliant. I can’t thank them enough.”

The investigation into the robbery is still ongoing.

Police have arrested two men, aged 22 and 25, in connection with the robbery which happened on Friday, November 18, 2011.

They have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Renewing her appeal for witnesses to the assault to come forward, Mrs Basrai said: “If anybody is withholding any information, please can they contact the police.”

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