RNC investigates crowbar assault

Victim hopes witnesses will come forward to identify attacker

Barb Sweet bsweet@thetelegram.com
Published on April 19, 2011

Billy Stamp hopes someone can identify the attacker who bashed him in the face with a crowbar in a vicious weekend attack.

Stamp, 22, said he was hit around 4 a.m. Saturday after stepping outside a friend’s apartment complex on Torbay Road in St. John’s.

He said he blacked out from the blow, lost several teeth and was taken by ambulance to the Health Sciences Centre where he waited about six hours.

 After surgery to implant metal plates in his cheekbone and lower jaw, he said he was released Monday. One side of Stamp’s face is swollen and bruised and he can only feed himself through a straw.

“If only someone will come forward with a name,” Stamp told The Telegram Monday.

His speech was muffled by his injuries.

“It’s going to cost a lot of money to get my teeth back.”

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said officers responded to a fight 4:30 a.m. on Torbay Road in which several people were involved. The RNC said there were several weapons used, but wouldn’t confirm what the weapons were, as that could be used as evidence if charges are laid.

Const. Karen Didham said two men suffered significant, but non-life-threatening injuries and one man suffered a less serious injury.

The major crime unit is investigating and has several witnesses to interview.

Stamp said he won’t be able to return to his job at the recycling centre at Robin Hood Bay for a couple of months.

“That  kind of put me down at rock bottom,” he said.

Stamp said he and some friends he’s known for 10 years left the Grumpy Stump bar at closing time and went to the apartment building.

“We were all having a good time,” he said.

Then two men arrived, one with a gash in his head. Stamp said he didn’t know them but thought they might live in the same complex.

He said the two men reported being jumped and Stamp and his friends tried to patch up the gash. The pair went outside to smoke and a commotion broke out when they said their attackers showed up.

“It was the same b’ys that jumped them before. I went outside to see what was going on,” Stamp said, adding there were four or five men there pursuing the pair.

That’s when Stamp got whacked in the face by one of the attackers wielding a crowbar.

“I was knocked out. I was shaking for a couple of seconds but I got up and made it to the hospital,” Stamp said, adding he did nothing to provoke the strike.

“He cracked my skull … I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Stamp said a girl at the party tried to come to his aid when he went down and got struck in the leg . H said she was bruised but didn’t go to hospital.

Two other men were also hit, he said.

Stamp said while he was waiting in emergency his teeth were hanging loose. Four or five teeth were knocked out by the crowbar and he said the doctor had to remove another four or five.

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