Attack victim to raise money for Victim Support

Trek...Luke Monk of Lutterworth is fundraising to climb Kilimanjaro next year.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Trek...Luke Monk of Lutterworth is fundraising to climb Kilimanjaro next year.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

A Lutterworth carer who was beaten up by two men in a prolonged attack in Leicester two years ago, is planning to raise money for Victim Support.

Luke Monk (21) suffered permanent damage to an eye, has no sensation on the left side of his face, and has lost his sense of smell after the brutal, 45-minute attack.

At one point in his ordeal, his two attackers threatened to kill him and hide his body.

The two men who attacked him were caught about four hours later after being spotted on CCTV. They were jailed for five-and-a-half years each, by a judge at Leicester Crown Court.

And this week Luke said: “Victim Support is a really, really important service. They were very good to me after the attack, and I want to give something back.”

Luke is planning to raise money for Victim Support - a registered charity that helps victims and witnesses of crime - by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, in 2016. He has to raise £2,000 to make the trip.

“It will be a difficult trip, but I’m hoping it will do some good” said Luke, who works in end-of-life care.

Luke’s assault ordeal happened two years ago, when he was living in Leicester.

He was waiting for an early morning bus on Humberstone Gate in the city, when he was approached by a man who asked him for a light.

But as Luke produced a lighter, a second man attacked him from behind, knocking him to the floor.

Luke managed to run off, but the two men caught him, beat him and took his phone and money.

And still Luke’s ordeal was not over. The men marched him to a cash machine to get more money, and were furious to find their was nothing in his account.

They then took him to a secluded car park, and when a terrified Luke said they would get in trouble, the men said “once we kill you and hide your body, no one will find you and we will get away”.

Eventually the men ran off after being disturbed by a passer-by.

Luke said: “My injuries were a shattered cheek, broken nose, bruised jaw, nerve damage and permanent loss of my sense of smell.

“That one normal day on my way to work changed my life for ever. Anyone can become the victim of a crime at any point and the thing is, we all have the attitude that “It won’t happen to me”.

“I want to raise money so that if it does happen, people get the support they need.”

To help Luke raise money with his sponsored climb, go to www.gofundme.com/lukesclimb