Two years after a taxi passenger was attacked and left for dead by the side of a road in Newport, police are re-appealing for information about what happened to him. 21-year-old Alex Chant suffered severe head injuries during the attack and he's been left with long-term health problems, spending most of his time in hospital.
Alex was found at the side of the Southern Distributor Road, Newport with serious head injuries at approximately 11.30pm on Saturday March 27th 2010. The police hope people will remember as it was the first weekend of the Easter holidays and the first Saturday after the schools broke up.
Alex, who is from Lliswerry had been out socialising in the Maindee area of Newport earlier that day. He left Maindee Square at approximately 11.15pm in a dark coloured people carrier with a sliding door. Alex was seen exiting this vehicle on the Southern Distributor Road and then the vehicle continued to travel along the road down towards the slip road to Stephenson Street.
Detective Chief Superintendent Geoff Ronayne who continues to lead the investigation said Gwent Police has recently received information that the vehicle Mr Chant fell from had a small rugby ball hanging from the rear-view mirror.
– Detective Chief Superintendent Geoff Ronayne, Gwent Police
We are asking people to think back to see whether they can remember a vehicle of a similar description operating at that time. We are keeping an open mind and have a number of scenarios – whether Alex was pushed, fell, or accidentally exited the vehicle. What we do know is that the vehicle didn’t stop and basically left him for dead at the side of the road. We need to identify the driver to find out what happened and why they didn’t stop and render first-aid or even contact the emergency services”
Alex is described as 6 feet 1 inch tall, of medium/stocky build with short dark brown hair. Both his arms are heavily tattooed. His right arm has tattoos of hearts, tribal patterns and a skull with chequered flags and a red spiders web coming out of it and his left arm has tattoos of Japanese flowers and a Koi Karp fish. On the night of the incident he was wearing a blue and white striped t-shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone who saw Alex in Maindee Square, getting into the vehicle or can offer information to identify the vehicle or driver travelling down the Southern Distributor Road is asked to contact Gwent Police on 101. Alternatively please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.