A TEEN scarred for life in a slash attack has slammed police for “failing to charge attackers over lack of evidence”.
Linas Marcinkevcuis, 17, suffered horrific injuries when he was slashed around the face with a knife and repeatedly smashed in the back with a hammer at a party.
Police confirmed two teenagers were arrested over the attack on Linas in March, but insist there is insufficient evidence for the case to be taken further.
Linas, who needed stitches to repair his face, said he was “shocked” when cops told him they couldn’t pursue it further.
“I got jumped by two people,” he said. “One of them had a small knife which could be held between their two fingers.
“He slashed me twice. The other person hit me a couple of times.
I was in massive pain and and my face was bleeding. I have no idea why they did it
Linas Marcinkevcuis, 17
“I was in massive pain and and my face was bleeding. I have no idea why they did it.”
Police helped him get to hospital for treatment after being called to the party in Colchester, Essex, following a noise complaint.
Linas co-operated with the police fully and identified the attackers – who he says he knew.
But the teen has since been told the case has been closed and there is unlikely to be anything more police can do.
‘NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE’
In a letter sent him by police, he was told: “Unfortunately due to the evidential difficulties no charges will be brought against the suspects identified in this investigation.
“The investigation is now going to be closed and filed.
“If any new information comes to light then the investigation will be reviewed and possibly reopened.
“Any new lines of inquiry will then be pursued.”
In response to the letter, Linas said: “When I got the letter I was thinking ‘What is happening?’ “They say there is not enough evidence but surely there is more than enough.
“I was just shocked really and I don’t think there is anything I can do now.”
Linas is now recovering from his attack although he is still in pain.
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He added: “I am feeling better but I have big scars – two on my face – and my back still hurts.”
An Essex Police spokesman added: “When a crime is filed, it means that there are currently no other lines of enquiries for our officers to follow up upon.
“It doesn’t mean that the crime had been closed as any additional information received in relation to the incident will be looked into and investigated where appropriate.”
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