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Mayoral fund for assault victim

Kentaro Ikeda
Kentaro Ikeda has been left partially paralysed

The Lord Mayor of Oxford is to start a fund for a Japanese student who was left for dead after being attacked in the city.

Kentaro Ikeda, 26, who was studying at Oxford University, was found in a pool of blood on a cycle track in July 2008.

He was left partially paralysed and has since returned to be with his family in Tokyo, Japan.

The Mayor of Oxford Mary Clarkson has said Mr Ikeda's mother has given up her teaching job to look after her son.

Kentaro Ikeda was attacked by two teenagers, Craig Knowles, 18 and Thomas Mack, 18, in the early hours of the morning of 31 July 2008 who robbed him and beat him unconscious.

'Owed a debt'

The student suffered a fractured skull and remained in a critical condition in hospital for weeks.

Knowles admitted robbery and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to endanger life and was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Mack was later found guilty in court of grievous bodily harm and robbery and was sentenced to seven years.

Mary Clarkson said the city "owes him a debt" and that she wanted to raise thousands of pounds to help his family.

She said Mr Ikeda's family had spent much of their savings on his education in Oxford.

Mrs Clarkson added Mr Ikeda was receiving 24-hour care at a rehabilitation centre in Tokyo and was making slow progress.

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