A GRANDFATHER could have choked to death and was rushed to hospital with burns after being sprayed in the face by a stranger wielding a fire extinguisher at a South Yorkshire service station.
Police today appealed for information about the horrifying unprovoked assault on York Road in Doncaster.
The victim - Bobby McGeechan, aged 51, from Scawsby - had stopped at the Sun Service Station and, while standing at the service window, a red VW Polo with at least three occupants pulled up.
Mr McGeechan told The Star one of the passengers then got out, asked his name, and sprayed him in the face with a dry powder fire extinguisher from the garage forecourt.
Two members of the public poured water into Mr McGeechan’s eyes and mouth to help him breathe until the ambulance arrived.
He was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary where he was treated for burns on the inside of his nose and throat, and breathing difficulties.
Mr McGeehan, a married lorry driver with six children and six grandchildren, has no idea why he was attacked.
“I didn’t know them at all,” he said. “The lad who did it said, ‘Are you so-and-so’ - I don’t know the name he said - and I said no. When I turned round he sprayed me. I was on the floor choking to death. If it wasn’t for two lads who washed the powder out of my nose and mouth I wouldn’t be here now.”
The suspect was white, in his late teens or early 20s, and 5ft 10ins tall. He was thin with short brown hair and wearing a maroon T-shirt.
Fiona Ginbey, Crime Management Unit Investigator, said: “This was a nasty assault which could have proved fatal had those gentlemen not intervened. It is important they come forward and identify themselves so they can help us with the investigation.”
Anyone with information about the attack, at 3.45am on Saturday, September 22, should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 239 of September 22.