Tim Smits, 32, confronted a gang abusing pensioners and a pregnant woman on a London bus but was stabbed in the leg and stomach, and hit in the head in the daylight attack.
Yesterday, Islington council awarded its heroic resident Olympics tickets in recognition of his actions.
Although he says he would “do it again”, Mr Smits believes the yobs would have been frightened off if more passengers had backed him up.Perhaps they would, perhaps they wouldn’t. Are you really surprised that no-one wants to take that gamble?
Mr Smits said: “It’s about power in number - the more people who step into help, the better.
“If three or four people on the bus would have backed me up, would he have stabbed them all?
“More people would have need to help, rather than leave to one person’s shoulders.”Sadly, Tim, successive lessons learned about these sort of events have taught us to be herds, rather than packs.
Sanchez Brown, 19, from Hackney, pleaded guilty to GBH with intent to wound and is being sentenced on 5 July at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Blake Mehmet, also 19 and from Hackney, pleaded guilty to a public order offence and was jailed for four months at the same court last month.And Blake is probably already back out on the streets! I doubt he’ll have long to wait for Sanchez to join him, either…