Islington hammer attack victim living in fear as he waits to be rehomed
15:26 25 February 2013
A man who suffered a brutal spiked hammer attack in his own home is still waiting to be rehoused by the council – two weeks after police urgently asked it to help.
Larry Dorsett, 58, had his leg smashed in four places with a roofing hammer by an intruder who also stole his keys and three weeks later, his locks haven’t been changed.
Mr Dorsett was hospitalised for four days after the attack on February 1, then stayed with family, but has since had to return home.
On February 7 police wrote to Islington Council and Partners for Improvement in Islington (PFI), who own and manage his property, to urgently request that he be rehoused.
Although a man has been charged, police have said that Mr Dorsett is still in danger as others may seek revenge.
He said: “I’m terrified – it’s like a horror story. I’ve got a massive frame on my leg and can hardly move while I worry about someone else coming after me” Mr Dorsett suffered a quadruple leg fracture and then lost his balance during the incident.
He said: “I was trying to balance the other leg but I had to put some weight on the broken leg and it just burst apart.
‘‘My shin bone came right through the skin – it was awful.”
He added: “I was petrified and I’m still terrified now because he left with my keys and no one has changed the locks. I can’t believe it.”
As the Gazette went to press, PFI issued a statement saying they had changed Mr Dorsett’s locks on Tuesday.
A spokesman said: “We were shocked to hear about this violent crime and we wish the victim a full and quick recovery.”
Meanwhile an Islington Council spokesman said: “We are looking at how we can help to find Mr Dorsett a suitable home, and we may offer temporary accommodation while a permanent solution is found.”