Autistic teenager, 19, is battered with knuckleduster in second attack

Autistic teenager, 19, is battered with knuckleduster in second vicious attack in one month

  • Jacob Comertoglu, 19, was ‘lured’ into a flat while walking in Bodmin, Cornwall
  • Inside he was beaten with a knuckleduster and has a chunk missing above eye 
  • In December he was hit and headbutted when he stumbled upon an argument
  • Mother Sally Kinsman said son, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, doesn’t feel safe 

Jacob Comertoglu, 19, pictured, has been beaten up for the second time in just over a month while out walking in Bodmin, Cornwall

An autistic teenager has been attacked for the second time in a month leaving him feeling like the ‘town’s punching bag.’

Jacob Comertoglu, 19, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, was ‘beaten with a knuckleduster’ on Friday night after being called into a flat he was walking past.

On December 17 the teenager was also hit and headbutted while walking in Bodmin, Cornwall, when he stumbled upon a man arguing with his girlfriend. 

He was left with two black eyes and a nurse who treated him said she was horrified that Jacob had no defensive injuries, reports Cornwall Live. 

Following the most recent attack Jacob’s mother Sally Kinsman said he didn’t want to go to the police or hospital.

She explained: ‘Innocently he went up and was lured into the bathroom where he was beaten by three people with a knuckleduster. 

‘He has a chunk missing above his eye and has threatened to commit suicide. I’ve had to take time off work to watch him. I’m keeping an eye on him 24/7.’

Ms Kinsman added that her son feels like the ‘town’s punching bag’ after the two incidents and said she’s frustrated with the police.

She said: ‘My son does not feel safe, he feels as though he has a target on his back because the police have done nothing.


After the first attack, pictured left and right, Jacob was left with black eyes and a nurse who treated him said she was horrified that Jacob had no defensive injuries


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‘He is nothing more than a case file to be passed around for someone else to deal with or until we give up on finding justice.’

The concerned mother believes that the two attacks are linked and claims that the people responsible might be friends.

A post on Facebook page Justice for Jacob, which was set up after the first attack, said that Ms Kinsman feels like her son is ‘fair game to anyone.’

It said: ‘Jacob’s mum obviously feels that Jacob is now targeted due to lack of action in the first attack and his Autism. Sally feels her son is just fair game to anyone.’

Devon and Cornwall Police have been contacted for comment. 

For confidential support, log on to samaritans.org or call the Samaritans on 116123.  

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