A 21-YEAR-OLD man is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after he was assaulted at a Southsea property.
The victim, who is from the area, suffered serious injuries shortly before midnight on Tuesday when he was inside a home in St Pauls Road.
Despite the extent of his injuries, he managed to leave the property and stagger about half a mile to St David’s Road where he collapsed in the back garden of a house.
He was found unconscious at 6am on Wednesday and paramedics were called by a member of the public, who is not thought to live in the house he collapsed outside.
The victim was taken to hospital where he is receiving treatment.
His condition is described as serious but stable.
It is not clear how long he was lying in the garden before he was discovered but police believe the victim left the scene of his assault at some point after midnight.
Police put up a cordon around the home where he was found.
It was in place and guarded by police for several hours while officers worked to discover what happened.
Officers are now appealing to anyone who might have seen anything suspicious in the St Paul’s Road area, specifically individuals entering and leaving homes in the street at around midnight.
Det Insp Chris Parry of Fratton CID, said: ‘The victim suffered some very nasty injuries and would have only been able to stagger to the location where he was discovered this morning.
‘To any passer-by in the area, in the dark, he would probably have appeared drunk so may not have aroused any suspicion at the time.
‘However it is important that anyone who saw anything suspicious, or who believes they may have seen the victim in the early hours this morning, comes forward as soon as possible.’
He is black, slim, about 6ft and has ‘designer’ stubble on his face and distinctive facial scars.
He was wearing a blue T-shirt, black trousers and black Adidas trainers.
Anyone with information is should call Det Insp Parry at Fratton CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 55 111.