An Irishman named Patrick suffered a serious head injury after he was whacked from behind during a drunken assault in Hong Kong.
The 77-year-old tourist was found sitting in a pool of his own blood in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai District after having the back of his head split open with what is believed to have been either a rock or a brick.
Patrick told local police now investigating the case that he was walking home from the popular tourist area at around 1am local time when he was hit from behind by the assailant, who fled shortly after.
He admitted to being intoxicated at the time, having had a few drinks earlier that evening.
Paramedics arrived to find his clothing stained in his own blood, which was gushing from the deep cut on the back of his head.
He was bandaged and taken to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital.
Reports did not say whether he was accompanied by any friends or relatives at the time.
Going by the Irishman’s statement, Hong Kong police are now searching for a male assailant believed to be between the ages of 30 and 40 and wearing a black T-shirt, black trousers, and a black cap.
His estimated height - 1.8 metres (5 feet 10 inches) - has also been made public in hopes of bringing him to justice.
Patrick did not reveal in reports whether he had been involved in any prior altercations earlier that evening.