Spray victim recovering from horror burns ordeal

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A DONCASTER father of six who came close to death after being sprayed in the face with a fire extinguisher by a stranger is back at work despite the attack.

Speaking to The Star yesterday, lorry driver Bobby McGeechan, aged 51, of Scawsby, said he had got back behind the wheel despite facial, nasal and throat burns suffered in the horrifying incident.

He said: “My throat’s still very sore and my skin has started to get red and sore too.

“But I have had to go back to work because there is talk of redundancies.”

Mr McGeechan was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary after being sprayed in the face by a stranger wielding a fire extinguisher at the Sun Service Station on York Road in Doncaster.

The early-hours attack happened while he was standing at the service window.

A red Volkswagen Polo, with at least three occupants, pulled up and one of the passengers got out, asked his name and sprayed him with the dry powder 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.

Adding his thanks to those who came to his aid, he said: “I could have died if the lads hadn’t saved me.

“When I was lying on the floor struggling to breathe with a mouth full of white powder, I really thought I was choking to death.”

The suspect was white, in his late teens or early 20s, 5ft 10ins tall and thin, with short brown hair and wearing a maroon T-shirt. Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 239 of Saturday September 22.