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'Mum, I was attacked last night and had to get staples in my head'

How a mother's nightmare came true for Florence Horsman Hogan after her son's night out in city ended in assault

Florence Horsman Hogan

Published 01/11/2015 | 02:30

Florence Horsman Hogan's son was attacked and ended up in hospital
Florence Horsman Hogan's son was attacked and ended up in hospital

It's the moment every mother dreads, isn't it?

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You wake during the night and realise one of your chickens isn't in the nest where he's supposed to be. Now, as a mother of three fine strong sons, all in their twenties, I'm not exactly innocent as regards the ability of young males to wander out at night - but for some reason this felt different. The 21-year-old's bed looked as if it had not been slept in, and none of the family had seen him since early the previous evening.

I headed into work at about 6.30am, texting and ringing his phone every 15 minutes or so, again and again, not getting through. The resounding sound of silence was so deafening, I could hardly hear my thoughts. I just couldn't get rid of the nagging feeling that something was terribly wrong.

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