VIDEO: Sheffield hammer victim lucky to be alive

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A man with Tourette’s is ‘lucky to be alive’ after being bludgeoned repeatedly about the head with a hammer in a sickening attack he fears was sparked by his disability.

Jonathan Mars was left covered in blood with a fractured skull, cheekbone and broken nose by the vicious assault as he got off a bus in Sheffield.

Jonathan Mars was attacked with a hammer as he got off a bus.'Police believe the assault may be linked to his Tourette's Syndrome

Jonathan Mars was attacked with a hammer as he got off a bus.'Police believe the assault may be linked to his Tourette's Syndrome

Police say there appears to be no motive behind the attack - but believe it may ‘potentially’ be linked to Jonathan’s Tourette’s Syndrome which caused him to make involuntary noises on the bus.

The 27-year-old, from Lowedges, is now recovering from his physical injuries - but said he is so traumatised he has considered suicide.

“All I know is I started walking over the road and I felt some sort of whack - I was knocked out instantly,” he said.

“When I came round there was lots of blood and I was in agonising pain.

“It has absolutely devastated me. I’ve got a couple of pictures in my flat which need putting up but when I look at the hammer I start shaking.

“Had there been one or two more blows I would probably have been dead. I am lucky to be alive.

“I think it could be linked to my Tourette’s. I was shouting and swearing. But at the end of the day I can’t help it, and it’s no reason for people to attack me.”

Police have pored over CCTV from the night of the attack on Lowedges Road, and discovered it must have been witnessed by several passersby.Yet nobody has come forward to report what they saw.

Det Con Yvonne Fairbrother said: “From CCTV footage, we know there were a number of witnesses to this attack and we urge them to come forward with any details.

“As far as we are concerned it is an unprovoked attack with a potential link to Jonathan’s Tourette’s.”

Jonathan, who fundraises for Tourette’s charities having been diagnosed at the age of 19, said: “I would say to anybody who saw the attack, please come forward with any information because it has ruined my life.”

Jonathan was attacked as he crossed the road behind the number 53 bus.

A silver car pulled up behind the bus before a black male got out and began striking Jonathan over the head with a weapon.

Jonathan was taken to the Northern General Hospital where he was kept in over-night.

Det Con Fairbrother added: “I would describe this as a nasty, unprovoked attack. We don’t see this very often and it is important we trace the suspects.

Anyone with information about the attack at around 10.20pm on Tuesday, June 4, should call police on 101.