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Life after a hammer attack

Henry Webster was 15 when he was attacked by a gang of teenagers armed with a hammer at his school in Wroughton, Wiltshire.

The attack in 2007, masterminded by five men and carried out by 18-year-old Wasif Khan, Amjad Qazi, Nazrul Amin (both 19) and four others, left him with brain injuries which he has since battled to overcome.

Henry Webster
Henry Webster, now 16, wanted to face his attackers in court
I remember most of it. I didn't actually lose consciousness, but it's all blurry and it wasn't pleasant. When I stood up, I fell over and looked at my hands. There was blood all over them. That's when I realised it was serious.

Before the attack, I played rugby and enjoyed school with my friends. I didn't do too well in lessons, but got Bs - quite well. I had a good social life and played all sports.

Now, I can't play rugby anymore but I've been playing tennis and a bit of football.

My work has dramatically gone down. My concentration levels aren't very good.

I was hoping to do A-levels and maybe a civil engineering degree. I don't think that is going to happen

I can sit through a lesson but I can't do two things at once. With A-levels, it's difficult because the teacher expects you to write notes, listen to her and read all at the same time and I can't do that.

After about 15 to 30 minutes, I'm just dazed and find I'm gazing out the window and have missed five minutes.

I wanted to face them (in court). I hadn't seen them really. Just to get a feel of how they felt about it. If I'd given evidence via a video, it would have just been me and a barrister.

It was good to reassure myself they were scared now and on the back foot.

Wasif Khan (l) and Amjad Qazi (r)
Khan and Qazi had denied the charges
The last few weeks have been pretty horrible. Not as bad as I thought, but not pleasant. I've been through it so many times, I don't get upset by it really.

It has been a big distraction. My family hasn't been into work and me and my brother have been out of school for almost a year.

Hopefully everyone can get back to normal life, my parents can get back to work and get on normally again.

I've seen an improvement with my fatigue. It's a long healing process. They are not sure what effects it'll have on me in later life, but will probably know in four years' time.

I was hoping to do A-levels and maybe a civil engineering degree. I don't think that is going to happen - it's too much work and I can't concentrate properly.



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