Joe Clarke, 33, from Fairways, Consett, County Durham, U.K., is now facing with serious wounds caused by a brutal attack more than three years ago.
In December 2007, Clarke’s life turned into a nightmare when he opened his door and was fired with more than 150 shotgun pellets, riddling his back, head and neck by two strange men.
Despite of his painful injuries, he still tried to run down the residential street and was only saved after a neighbor pulled him inside their own home.
Unfortunately, doctors couldn’t remove any of the pellets from Clarke’s body because some had penetrated his vital organs, which would shorten his life expectancy by at least 25 years. During the rest of his life, his will be dependent on medication and regular checks to test whether his organs are starting to fail.
An image of shooting victim Joe Clarke
Joe Clark is still living with the terrible consequences of the shooting including daily pains and mental-side obsessions that are worse than physical injuries. “The sensation was like this terrible burning feeling. I’m still in pain now.” Clark described the moment he was shot.
The bloodied wounds from the shotgun pellets peppered Joe Clarke's back
The X-ray image shows the pellets that remain inside the body of Joe Clarke
Eight months after the dangerous attack that allegedly stemmed from a row with his ex-girlfriend, the five defendants were accused to murder him including Paul Railton of Leeholme Court, his uncle Gary Railton of Windermere Terrace, Simon Cairns of South View Gardens, Neil Spoor of Earnest Terrace and Abbie Whitehead of Pemberton Avenue. However, all of them denied the charge.
“My life since I was shot has been hell. I feel as though I’m the only one serving a sentence because of what happened and there’ll be no justice until those who shot me are caught.” Mr Clarke said