A Hinckley man is fighting for his life in hospital after suffering from swelling to the brain after being attacked. Rikkilee Sampson, 35, is currently on life support and in critical condition after the incident in Regent Street.
Family and friends of Rikki said they are devastated and horrified by the attack, describing the 35-year-old as ‘kind, thoughtful and calm.’ His mum Michelle Mcguffog has been by his bedside since the incident that happened in the early hours of May 1.
His nine-year-old daughter Elayna said her ‘daddy is strong like bull’.
Susan Berry, a long time friend of the family, said Rikki has been his ‘mum’s rock’ after the death of his sister Leila Sampson. She said: “Everyone that knows Rik, knows that he’s a kind, thoughtful and calm person.
“We call him a gentle giant. He’s been his mum’s rock and supports all her fundraising efforts for the Teenage Cancer Trust after his sister passed away. You might hear people saying they want a ‘Rikki-hug’ because that became such a popular thing during the fundraising.
“He is so well-loved and something like this has been so tragic for the family. The family have been told it was an unprovoked attack after the police found CCTV footage of what happened.
“Now he’s in hospital fighting for his life which is shocking to me and anyone that’s ever known him – anyone that’s ever met him loves him.”
Mum Michelle has been updating friends and family on her Facebook daily, informing them of the progress following a five-hour surgery at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire to remove the pressure on his brain on May 2, reports LeicestershireLive.
Earlier today (May 13), she wrote: “Still critical and on life support, but more awake and he is trying to remove his breathing tubes, so he has been sedated a little to stop this. I am so excited to see him later. He is doing amazing.
“Come on Rik. Keep going, I am so proud of you. We all love you so much.”
Leicestershire Police has confirmed that a 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the incident but has since been released under investigation. A spokesman for the force said: “Shortly after 3.45am on Sunday (May 1) it was reported that a fight was taking place in Regent Street, Hinckley.
“Officers attended and one person – a man – was taken to hospital with serious injuries. He is continuing to receive treatment. A woman was also taken to hospital but has since been discharged.
“A 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and has since been released under investigation.”
A GoFundMe page dedicated to paying the bills and costs Rikki and his family are unable to pay due to his condition has raised over £9,000. With 263 donations so far, the page has almost hit its £10,000 goal.
It says: “We are fundraising for Rikkilee Sampson, a well-loved and popular Hinckley man who is fighting for his life after an unprovoked attack on the 1st of May 2022. All the family are self-employed and spend all their time with Rikki as well as looking after his young daughter.
“We all have rent and bills to pay, but these guys could use the breathing space that this money could afford to pay for Rikki’s rent, travel costs, and anything they need to help Rikki keep fighting. Michelle, Rikki’s mum, has worked selflessly to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust and to help others. Now we need to support Michelle and the family to get through this devastating time. Keep fighting Rik; We all love you”.
If you would like to donate, click here. Leicestershire Police has asked anyone with information surrounding the incident to contact the force via 101 and quote incident 112 of 1 May.