Nova Scotia

Swarming victim speaks out against attackers

The victim of a swarming in Dartmouth has broken his silence and spoken to CBC News about the June 10 attack.
Danny Church, who suffered a vicious beating in a June 10 attack, is calling on his attackers to turn themselves in to police. (CBC)

The victim of a swarming in Dartmouth has broken his silence and spoken to CBC News about the June 10 attack.

A quick trip to a local convenience store turned into a night that changed Danny Church forever.

Church had left his Highfield Park apartment late Saturday evening on June 9 to get a pack of cigarettes.

On his way back from the store he was attacked by a group of six young men and badly beaten.

"I didn't do anything to them. And all I know is I want them to turn themselves in and bring my wallet back to me," Church said.

Church's jaw is still wired shut after it was broken in the attack. He also suffered a concussion.

Doctors had to wait several days for the swelling to go down before they could deal with the fractures around his face.

He endured nine hours of surgery and must stick to a liquid diet of vitamin supplements and painkillers for the next eight weeks.

His injuries will heal but Church said he won’t feel relief until the attackers come forward.

"I'm not very happy. This never should've happened in the first place," Church said, "And, I just think these people like that should be shown that you are no different than anybody else is. You do something wrong you pay for it. You don't run. You don't run."

The night of the attack, Staff Sgt. Reid McCoombs said police spoke to some young people in the area about the robbery, but no arrests have been made.

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