Ex-soldier left for dead in pub assault vows he will see justice

Chris Smith recovering in hospital after the attack

Chris Smith recovering in hospital after the attack

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A FORMER soldier left for dead after a horrific attack says he believes that the “cowards” who battered him will one day be brought to justice.

Chris Smith, 23, was just 18 when he was assaulted by a gang as he walked past the Sun Inn, in Durham Street, on Hartlepool’s Headland, on November 5, 2006.

Chris Smith.

Chris Smith.

Chris, who was home on his first night of leave from the Army, was left in intensive care with a swollen brain and at one point medics thought he wouldn’t pull through.

But he woke up a week later, on Remembrance Sunday, at the University Hospital Hartlepool, and has been re-building his life ever since.

Police had arrested five men and a woman on suspicion of wounding Chris, but they were released without charge on the advice of the Crown Prosecution Service.

More than four years on, no-one has ever been charged over what police described as “a vicious and unprovoked attack”.

But Chris, from the Headland, said: “I believe one day justice will prevail.

“The police did everything they could, but I would feel safer for others if these idiots were caught.”