Luxury Watches – Digbeth robbers beat and leave victim covered in blood as they steal late dad’s Rolex
An office worker has told how he was beaten by robbers who ripped his late dad’s Rolex watch from his wrist following a night out in Birmingham.
Leo Kinsella was punched in the head and dragged to the ground in a two-on-one attack as he walked through Digbeth High Street to Birmingham New Street.
The 22-year-old desperately tried to claw back the irreplaceable £4,000 Rolex Oyster watch during the Saturday night assault, but was knocked unconscious with a kick to the head.
When he came around, the cowardly attackers were 50 yards down the road with the ‘only tangible memory’ Leo had of his dad following his death last year.
He spent the night in hospital for scans on his brain, but has since focused on making the precious watch ‘too hot to handle’ with an urgent social media appeal.
“It’s the most important thing in my whole life, it’s the only tangible memory I’ve got – something I can hold that’s his,” the recruitment consultant told BirminghamLive.
Recalling the 9.45pm attack from May 22, he said he’d had food and a couple of drinks to celebrate a friend’s birthday, but wasn’t ‘feeling staying out’ so headed home.
As he approached the Coach Station and turned left towards the Rag Market to take a shortcut to New Street, he was approached by two strangers – described as 5ft 10, Asian and with ‘skin fade haircuts’.
“They had a conversation with me but if anything it was pretty friendly, I was just focused on my pizza and just walking,” Leo explained.
“I walked maybe five or six more steps and they had filtered off at this point – then I just got hit in the back of the head.
“When I stumbled forwards I sort of turned round and got hit again or pushed down on the floor. They went straight for my watch.
“I felt it rip off my wrist, I pulled it back off the guy, I pulled it into my chest as tightly as I could.”
He continued: “That’s when my fingers got a little bit cut and from that point I was thinking: ‘I’ve got it in my chest, I’m going to try and get up here and run off at some point.’
“That was when one of them just kicked me to the head. From then my arms went weak and my body lost all feeling. He kicked me unconscious and I turned around to see them 50 yards down the road, running.”
As Leo came round, he tried to get back on his feet and chase them but they had already fled. He believes they may have escaped down Alison Street.
“I had no idea, I just stood there in this lost moment, my head was killing, I’m bleeding everywhere,” he said.
Leo rang home and was picked up by one of his three sisters before being taken to hospital for scans on his brain, CT scans and an X-ray on his eyes.
“When I got home, I was frustrated, covered in blood then I started to be sick from the concussion or getting hit in the head,” he explained.
“I was taken to hospital and stayed for the majority of Saturday night and Sunday morning.
“I’m OK but, even if it was a busted eye socket or busted jaw or nose socket, it still isn’t any comparison to the pain of losing that watch. It’s a very very bitter, sad and horrible feeling.”
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Leo had been given his dad’s watch to keep as a family heirloom after his death in October 2020.
He estimated the watch, known officially as a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date steel 15210, was worth around £4,000 but stressed: “It’s a million pound watch in my eyes.
“I understand I’m going to be searching week in week out for the next two, three, five, or maybe ten years.
“I’ll get it back at some point but I want to make it as smooth as possible for the ease of mind of my sisters and myself to have tha memory of my dad back.
“I just hope I can make the watch very difficult for whoever has possession of it now to do anything with it.”
He urged anyone who knows anything about the watch – described as a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date steel 15210 – to get in touch and vowed to offer a cash reward for its return.
West Midlands Police has launched an investigation into the attack, which left him with a suspected fractured eye socket and hand injuries.
An appeal from the force read: “We’re investigating after a man had his Rolex watch stolen as he walked along Digbeth High Street, Birmingham at around 9.45pm on Saturday (22 May).
“Two men approached the victim, punched him several times, dragged him to the floor and kicked him in the head. They then took his watch and fled.
“The man was left with a suspected fractured eye socket and injuries to his hands.”
*Anyone with information is urged to contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat or by calling 101. Quote 20/844673/21.
Do you have information about the watch? You can contact Mr Kinsella in confidence by emailing [email protected]
Luxury Watches - Digbeth robbers beat and leave victim covered in blood as they steal late dad's Rolex
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