A man says he was bitten on the chest after he asked a man to put on his face mask correctly – he is now outraged by the horrific wounds he’s been left with on his chest.
Irishman Robert Murphy has been left with some nasty looking bite wounds on his chest after he claims he was attacked by a stranger on a bus after he told him that he needed to put his face mask on properly.
Robert, who lives in Merksem, in the northern Belgian province of Antwerp, says that he was travelling on a bus when he heard a bus passenger behind him sneezing. He was disgusted as he felt droplets from the sneeze land onto the back of his head.
Robert, who is bald, felt the droplets land on his head almost immediately and turned around to tell the man to “at least turn away” if he was going to sneeze.
Once explaining the situation, Robert says that the man apologised but shortly afterwards, a couple boarded the bus and sat directly opposite him with their masks hanging around their chin.
Frustrated, he asked them if they could put their masks over their noses and mouth but “the man refused”.
Quickly, the heated conversation escalated and the man swore at Robert. In response, he insulted him back.
Shockingly, the argument turned physical and the 56-year-old claimed: “I tried to pull myself free, but I am disabled so it was not easy.
“We tussled until the man threw himself at my chest and bit me. I couldn’t believe it. He was like a mad dog. I pushed him away, but he wouldn’t leave me alone. The whole time he tried to bite me again.”
Other passengers on the bus eventually managed to intervene and pull the man off Robert. Reportedly, the couple then jumped off the bus and made a run for it.
The Belgian police have confirmed that the 38-year-old attacker and his partner have been arrested, according to local media.
Robert has sought medical attention for his bite wounds whilst the investigation continues.
He said: “Strangely enough, the doctor doesn’t want to do a COVID-19 test because I cannot show that the other person, the biter, was infected with the virus. Fingers crossed.”