I thought I was going to die, says DJ in mugging

Halifax DJ Gary Woodall, known as Gazza, was left with a fractured cheekbone after he was violently mugged as he walked home from a night in the town centre
Halifax DJ Gary Woodall, known as Gazza, was left with a fractured cheekbone after he was violently mugged as he walked home from a night in the town centre

Vicious muggers left a DJ with these horrific injuries in a sickening attack outside his home.

Gary Woodall – known as Gazza – had played a set at Bar Eleven and enjoyed a few drinks at Bar 15 in Halifax.

Later, he was set upon by two men close to his house in Caygill Terrace.

The 44-year-old was knocked to the ground and kicked repeatedly in the head, suffering a fractured cheekbone.

He said: “I thought I was going to die.

“In all honesty, I thought that was it. I was praying,” he said.

“I can’t believe that a human being can kick another human being in the head non-stop like that.”

The thugs only stopped and fled when a man came out of a nearby block of flats and disturbed them.

“I honestly believe if he hadn’t come out, I wouldn’t be here now, my injuries are so bad,” he said.

Fortunately his mobile phone was not stolen and he was able to dial 999 for an ambulance, and was rushed to hospital.

He was only able to open his right eye yesterday and will find out today if he needs surgery.

His wallet, containing his night’s earnings of £90, plus his bank card and driving licence, was snatched in the attack.

Gary thanked his friends and neighbours for their support.

He also paid tributes to all the well-wishers on Facebook, where his photo is being circulated in a bid to catch the culprits.

He is now urging people in the area not to walk home alone from nights out.

He said: “It has left me feeling afraid to walk alone in the dark. Unfortunately, in the job I do, I’m working until silly hours in the morning.

“But it is just not worth it for the price of a taxi.”

Anyone with information about the attackers, who are believed to be eastern European, can call police on 0845 6060606.