British man Daniel Moore injured in Manly

Daniel Moore in a relaxed moment.

The parents of a British man found with critical injuries at the side of a Sydney street have told how they are living through ‘the worst of nightmares’ as their son fights for life.

Daniel Moore, 21, from Marske, near Redcar, in Teeside, remained in a life-threatening condition with a fractured skull, brain injuries and internal bleeding as his tearful parents made an emotional appeal for a taxi driver to come forward.

His mother, Mrs Valerie Rutters, who has remarried, said she would happily change places with her son.

Daniel’s father Robin Moore and his mother sat at their son’s bedside for a short time after arriving in Australia from their homes in the north of England, then faced the tv cameras to appeal for the taxi driver who might be able to assist with police inquiries to come forward.

‘As Daniel’s parents, we need answers as to how and why this happened – and we also need to know who is responsible,’ said Mr Moore. Police have said a taxi driver, believed to be the last person to see Daniel, needs to come forward to answer police questions.

Directing his words to whoever might be able to explain his son’s injuries, Mr Moore said: ‘We ask that you look into your conscience and come forward and give the police any information that you may have, no matter how small and trivial it may seem.’ Sitting at his side, Mrs Rutters was in tears as she spoke of her son’s critical condition as he lies in Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital’s intensive care unit.

‘He’s still very, very sick. It’s a parents worst nightmare…I would happily change places with him.’

The distraught couple left it to Detective Inspector Luke Arthurs to provide details of what they knew of Daniel’s movements last weekend, leading up to the mystery incident that had left him seriously injured at the roadside.

The inspector said Daniel had taken a taxi with a friend from Sydney’s central station to the seaside suburb of Manly, which is popular with British backpackers, in the early hours of last Sunday morning. The friend had got out of the taxi in Manly, but Inspector Arthurs said they were unsure if Daniel got out at the same time. He was later found with his injuries in another part of the suburb.

‘We just need to speak to the taxi driver and see what, if anything, he knows about this.’

Inspector Arthurs said it was not known whether Daniel’s injuries were the result of an assault or an accident. Police have also not ruled out the possibility the Briton was injured in a hit-and-run accident.

Daniel had been living and working in the Manly area for the past two years. A family friend in Redcar, Julie Jones, has told how he and her own son grew up together. ‘Our son went out to Australia and Daniel followed him, but Daniel decided to stay on longer,’ she told the BBC. ‘It is really upsetting to think this is going on. I just hope they found out what has happened.’

FOOTNOTE: A taxi driver has since come forward and given a statement to police. His vehicle is being forensically tested. Developments in the case are now awaited…




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