Police are appealing for information after a pensioner walking his dog was assaulted in Wigan.
Thomas Hart, 64, was attacked by a man on a path behind in his home in Ince-in-Makerfield, Greater Manchester, on Sunday October 20 2019, around 8.15pm.
The offender is described as a white man, in his mid-30s, of large build, around 6ft with a shaved head, wearing a blue t-shirt.
Police believe he was in the company of two children when the assault occurred.
Mr Hart told the Manchester Evening News:
It is thought the man tried to strangle Mr Hart with a dog lead, leaving him gasping for breath and fearing for his life.
Mr Hart said: "He kept pulling it tighter. I thought I was going to die, I couldn't breathe."
Emergency services attended the scene and Mr Hart was tended to by paramedics but did not require hospital treatment.
Constable Sean Goddard of the Wigan division, said:
- Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 7124, quoting incident number 2952 of 20/10/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.