A Paisley man has been left with horrific injuries after he was savagely beaten by a gang of thugs.

Alan O’Brien believed the violent yobs were trying to kill him when they pounced on him outside his flat in Brown Street.

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He has been left with severe swelling on his face, two black eyes and a large gash on his head that needed stitches after he was smacked over the head with a weapon.

“It was like they were trying to kill me,” the 41-year-old told the Express.

“All I could do was curl up in a ball and wait for it to be over.

“There was too many of them and I didn’t want to try and fight back.

“They just kept stamping on my head. There was blood everywhere.”

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Alan, who has lived at his flat for two years, said he became involved in an argument with a woman in the flat’s shared garden earlier that day.

However, he says he did not expect the situation to escalate and continued enjoying the day with his friends.

He claims later that evening, he answered his door to be confronted by the woman’s boyfriend - who then set about him on his doorstep with four other men.

Alan said one of the brutes smashed a sharp object over his head, causing him to collapse to the ground.

It was then he said they all began kicking and stamping on him as he lay defenceless and covered in blood.

He says concerned neighbours alerted police, who arrived to find him. He was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital for treatment.

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He added: “I had been spending the day in my friend’s garden when I had words with a woman about my dog being there.

“It was just a bit of a spat and I didn’t think much of it.

“I thought it was all over.

“It wasn’t until later that night when I was back home that my door went about 11.30pm.

“When I answered it, her boyfriend was there.

“It was just him at first and then the other guys appeared and they just started attacking
me.

“It all just happened so fast, it was so scary.

“I had almost blacked out by the time the police arrived to take me to hospital.”

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Alan - who says he has studied martial arts for a number of years - now claims he is nervous to go out as he is terrified he may be targeted again.

He said: “Nothing like this has ever happened before in the time that I have lived here.

“I have never had any bother so this has left me really shaken.”

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Police Scotland confirmed they attended at a property on Brown Street on May 30 and were investigating the incident.

A spokesman said: “Enquiries are ongoing into this matter.”