Such a fucked consequence for being a massive Legend. Wishing you a speedy recovery dude. From your friends over here at The Opening Hours.
For those who don’t know. TIMBA SMITS
AN AUSSIE expat stabbed when he stood up for a group of elderly passengers trying to get on a London bus says he wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.
Mt Eliza graphic designer and illustrator Tim Smits remained in hospital yesterday following the daylight attack about 11.30am on Wednesday.
He has lived in London for about 18 months after winning a British Council award for talented Australian artists.
Smits, 32, said he was travelling from his home in Islington to his studio in Bow when three youths started harassing passengers, including a woman with a pram.
He said he intervened after the trio blocked three or four elderly women who were trying to board the bus and swore at them.
“I basically said to them, ‘excuse me, mate, move your legs please and let the women pass.
“Don’t be so disrespectful. Would you speak to your grandmother like that?” Smits said.
The expat explained that the main offender got out of his seat and started spitting and swearing at him.
“He clearly wasn’t afraid when I told him he was going to get caught on CCTV, there are witnesses here. He actually said … ‘I will enjoy messing you up in front of all these people on CCTV’.
“He hit me in the head four times. I managed to basically pin his arms down and pin him to the ground when his friend came over and was trying to pull me off him, and that’s when he stabbed me.
“I realised what had happened. I was like, ‘stop, stop’, and that’s when he stabbed me in my leg.”
The trio ran from the bus.
Paramedics took Smits to the Royal London Hospital, where he underwent surgery and made a police statement.
He is expected to remain in hospital for several days.