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Student 'cannot remember assault'
St Tropez
The alleged attack took place in a St Tropez nightclub
An Oxford University student wanted over an alleged assault in St Tropez says he wants to give himself up.

American John Washington is sought by French police after Colin Hall, 35, suffered serious head injuries in an alleged attack at Les Caves du Roy.

History student Mr Washington told the Press Association he had "absolutely no recollection" of the alleged attack in a nightclub on Sunday.

He said his French solicitor advised him not to go to the police yet.

Mr Washington, who did not divulge his lawyer's name or address, said they told him to wait until his case had been prepared by a legal representative.

Mr Washington remembered meeting fellow American Mr Hall at some point in the day, but did not know his name.

The student said much later in the evening he picked up a glass of "red, bluish" liquid which did not smell of alcohol and he thought was cranberry juice.

Mr Washington said from then on his memory became hazy and conceded he may have carried on drinking without realising.

I have never had a stronger impulse in my life than to tell the police
John Washington

Mr Washington said he knew something had happened because he found a "huge gash" on his head.

Friends told him on the phone that there had been an "altercation", he said, but he had no idea how serious the alleged incident was.

Mr Washington, who had not contacted his family and is still thought to be in France, said he was confused between what he had been told by people and what he remembered.

He added that he had tried to contact St Tropez police on Monday, but was put on hold.

The history student said he had been told Mr Hall's family were deeply upset he had still not gone to the police.

He said he was following his lawyer's advice not to contact police yet, but added: "I have never had a stronger impulse in my life than to tell the police."

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