Harrowing picture of father-of-four in coma as police hunt thugs who battered him over the head

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A father of four has been left critically ill in a coma after being battered over the head in a confrontation in the street in south London.

Scotland Yard today released an image of council worker Eddy Mpundu, 39, lying in a medically induced coma in hospital after the attack in Lewisham last month.

Detectives also released CCTV images showing two men involved in the assault outside a late night grocery store in Lower Road.

Police say the men pulled up in a blue Ford Focus car, got out and approached Mr Mpundu outside the store in the early hours of August 8.

Police issued CCTV images of two suspects being sought after the assault

One of the men became aggressive and the victim began to walk away towards a McDonald’s to avoid the confrontation. 

The suspect rushed up and struck him once on the head from behind with a blunt object, knocking Mr Mpundu unconscious. He then fled the scene on foot along Bestwood Street.

The other suspect, a white man, appeared to join members of the public in going to the aid of the victim and giving him first aid. He then got back into the car and drove away.

Police want to trace this man seen at the scene of the attack

Today Mr Mpundu’s family issued a plea for assistance, saying the attack had left them devastated.

Donny Mpundu, 35, agreed to his brother’s name and image being released in an effort to encourage witnesses to come forward.

Victim: Eddy Mpundu, 39

He said: “We could not believe someone would ever want to hurt Eddy. As Eddy is the rock of the family, we feel like [there is] a huge gap in our respective lives, as if we have lost track in our every day.”

He added: “Please, we appeal to you, if anyone knows anything about what happened … even if it’s something you may think that is small, just please get in contact with the police.”

Detective Constable Alex Hamilton, from Lewisham CID, said: “It is imperative that we identify these two men, particularly the individual who was seen to strike Eddy. His whole family has been left distraught by this vicious, unprovoked attack.”

Anyone with information should call Lewisham CID via 101 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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