Bus stop assault caused stroke
Bashing victim Jeffrey Butler with his mother Carolyn Robson. Picture: Michael Wilson, The West Australian

A 49-year-old man who suffered a life changing stroke after he was punched in Morley earlier this year says he hopes someone can dob in his attacker.

Jeffrey Butler was waiting for his son to pick him up from the Morley bus port on January 31 when a man approached him offering to sell him drugs.

When Mr Butler refused and tried to walk away he was abused by his attacker who threw one punch that landed underneath the 49-year-old's jaw.

The yard worker didn't think much of the altercation and continued to go about his life.

About two weeks later while driving a forklift at work, Mr Butler suffered a stroke.

He was rushed to Fremantle Hospital before being transferred to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for specialist care.

Doctors confirmed the punch to Mr Butler's jaw had punctured an artery which caused his stroke.

He was hospitalised for close to a month before spending a further three weeks at Shenton Park Rehabilitation Centre.

He has lost the ability to use the right side of his body, meaning simple tasks, let alone physical work, are very difficult.

"You just don't expect these things to happen when you are in your twilight years," she said.

"I hope (Jeffrey's attacker) sees what that one punch has done to my son, it's awful."

Mr Butler said his attacker needed to be brought to account.

"Just dob them in," he said.

One of the offenders has fair skin, is about 175cm tall, with a slim athletic build, reddish-blonde short cropped hair and a full beard.

The second offender has dark skin, is about 180cm tall, with a muscular build and medium length curly black hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The West Australian

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