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Family of Colne attack victim, 28 ‘feared he would die’
THE family of a man attacked in a play area have described their ‘six-day nightmare’.
The former partner of Jonathan Armstrong said they ‘feared the worst’ as he lay in a coma after suffering horrific head injuries.
He had to have intensive surgery at Royal Preston Hospital after part of his skull became embedded in his brain.
But the 28-year-old rock music fan, who lives of Green Road, Colne, has now come out of a coma and is showing slight signs of improvement.
On Wednesday, the former Park High School pupil was transferred to Royal Blackburn Hospital from Royal Preston Hospital.
Mr Armstrong, who is known as Jonny, is a former agricultural worker, who also studied motor mechanics at Accrington and Rossendale College, is the father of Paige, five and two-year-old son Jace.
His former partner, Emma Joinson, 33, said the past six days had been 'a nightmare' for all those close to Jonathan.
She said: “We’ve all been knocked sideways by this. It was a massive shock. The few hours after he was taken to hospital were awful as we feared the worst.”
Miss Johnson met Mr Armstrong eight years ago. They spent time working seasonal jobs in Cornwall prior to having children.
Miss Joinson added: “He’s gradually regaining consciousness and his trying his best to communicate and talk.
“He’s also had several stitches in his face and ear.
“But he’s very tired, he had swelling on the brain and these types of injuries take a long time to recover from."
Police were called to a small play area in Hawley Street, Colne, at around 3.30am on Saturday, after nearby residents reported shouting and screaming.
Police said they found Mr Armstrong unconscious on the floor on a path near the park.
Two men have been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and theft.
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