“Brutal” attacker plunges smashed bottle into victim’s stomach

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By Michael MacLeod

DETECTIVES are hunting a vicious thug who smashed a bottle over a man’s head then plunged it into his stomach.

The 20 year-old victim was last night recovering at home after getting 11 stitches to sew up extensive stab wounds.

Cops in Edinburgh said the “brutal assault could have ended with the victim suffering even more serious injury.”

The attack was sparked by an argument between two groups of young males in the capital’s Bruntsfield Place around 4am on Monday morning.

The argument ended with the victim being set upon by two suspects, one of whom was brandishing a bottle.

He smashed the bottle over the victim’s head, before using it to stab him in the stomach.

The two suspects then ran off in the direction of Morningside Road and were last seen near to Hartington Place.

Medics at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary kept the victim in hospital overnight and released him after treatment yesterday (Tues).

Detectives called on witnesses to come forward.

They said both suspects were both white, stocky in height and aged around 20.

The first had dark hair with a spiked fringe and was wearing a white short-sleeved shirt and blue jeans.

The second suspect was said to have short dark hair and a dark suit with a blue shirt.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: “This was a brutal assault which could have ended with the victim suffering even more serious injury, and we are appealing for any information that can assist us in identifying those responsible.

“Anyone who was in the area of Bruntsfield Place between 3am and 4am on Monday morning, who saw the incident take place, or who saw the suspects in the Bruntsfield or Morningside area after the incident took place, is asked to contact police immediately.

“Similarly, anyone with any information that can help us identify the suspects should also get in touch.”

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