Neighbour pays tribute as Keighley man, 64, remains in stable condition on ward

A police officer guards the scene of the incident

A police officer guards the scene of the incident

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

A man found unconscious on his doorstep having suffered severe head injuries on Christmas Day has been described as “a Good Samaritan” without a “bad bone in his body” by a neighbour.

A passer-by found Sydney Bond, 64, lying outside his flat in Spring Row in Keighley following an alleged attack at about 6pm.

He has now spent a fortnight at Leeds General Infirmary. Last night he remained in a stable condition.

Janet Parker, who lives in the same flats complex as Mr Bond, said she was shocked when she heard of the incident, and has been praying for Mr Bond’s recovery ever since.

She described him as a perfect neighbour, adding: “He was like a Good Samaritan. He would do anything for you – lend you sugar, lend you milk. He has lent me money before.

“He always knocked on my window when he walked past to say Hi.

“I’ve been praying hard for him. He is a beautiful person – he doesn’t have a bad bone in his body. It is a real shame what happened. I hope he recovers because he is not a young man. I’m hoping and praying he comes through this OK.”

She said Mr Bond had no children, and had never been married.

Five people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Two of them, Ashley Whyte, 22, of North Dean Road, Keighley, and Lee Snowden, 23, of Laburnum Road, Shipley, appeared before Bradford Crown Court yesterday charged with wounding.

They were remanded in custody until March 18 when they will be asked to enter pleas.

Police yesterday confirmed no further action will be taken against the other three other people arrested shortly after the attack, two men aged 51 and 46 and a 38-year-old woman, all from the Keighley area.

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