Assault victim had head put through car window
Two men attempted to rob a 24-year-old man and then violently assaulted him in east Belfast at the weekend.
At around 3am on Saturday morning, two men approached the man on the Upper Newtownards Road, a short distance from Bloomfield Baptist Church.
One of them asked the victim to borrow a lighter before they both grabbed him and searched his pockets.
When they found nothing of value, they punched the man in the face and slammed his head through the side window of a parked car.
He sustained cuts and bruises to his face and head and has been left extremely shaken by the ordeal.
One of the men was described as being in his early 20s, 6ft 1ins tall, of slim build and spoke with a local accent.
He was wearing a black padded jacket with fur around the collar, dark jeans and dark baseball cap.
The second man was wearing a white hooded top and dark jeans. He was also described |as being in his early 20s, |around 6ft 1in tall, but of a stocky build, with short, dark, shaved hair.
East Belfast MLA Robin Newton said it was “deeply depressing to learn of another violent robbery in the east of the city”.
“This vicious assault on the Upper Newtownards Road is another brutal incident the people of the area could do without,” Mr Newton said.
“It is important the whole community assists the police |to take these sadistic brutes off the streets.”
The police are appealing for anyone with information to contact detectives at Musgrave Street on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.