Nightmare continues for family of brutally beaten shopkeeper

Shopkeeper David Basrai who was attacked in Oxclose Convenience Store.
Shopkeeper David Basrai who was attacked in Oxclose Convenience Store.
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A HEARTBROKEN wife today told of her agony after her husband was left for dead during a vicious attack.

Shopkeeper David Basrai’s life was torn apart when armed raiders struck as he was locking up at Oxclose Convenience Store, in Washington.

The two thugs dragged him inside the Oxclose Village centre shop where they beat him senseless before fleeing with cash and cigarettes.

Covered in blood, the dad-of-four managed to make his way home and call police before being taken to hospital.

The 49-year-old suffered a fractured skull, bleeding to the brain and a broken jaw during the horrific attack.

Now, six months on, his wife of 26 years Karen said the nightmare continues for the family as they struggle to live with the attack.

“My husband has been left physically and mentally scarred by this incident,” she said.

“While he is better than he was, he is still recovering and has to come to terms with injuries that will never heal.

“Whoever did this to him has not just damaged him personally, they have damaged the whole family. The whole family has been affected by it.

“We’re pulling together the best we can and we’re trying to move on but it’s difficult.”

She added: “Sometimes we’ll forget about it for a few weeks and then something will remind us and it brings it all back.”

Detectives are continuing with their investigation and have been carrying out house-to-house inquiries and trawling through CCTV footage to trace the thugs.

Mrs Basrai, 46, is today urging anyone with information to come forward before someone else is seriously injured or killed.

She said: “These people need to be caught. My husband survived, but someone else might not be so lucky.

“Someone must know something. They must have information about who is responsible.

“The incident happened on the evening of Children in Need, which may jog people’s memory.

“We’ll never be able to move on until these people have been caught.”

Acting Detective Inspector Neil Wynd said: “Someone must have information about those who carried out this brutal attack and we would urge anyone who does know anything to contact us.

“Our priority is making sure the men responsible are brought to justice and face the consequences of what they’ve done and we’re asking members of the public for their help in this.

“Any information we receive will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”

The attack took place on Friday, November 18, at about 9pm.

Anyone with any information should phone 101 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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