Tom Hilton: Man attacked by machete-wielding gang, including missing Jay Slater, tells TikTok users to ‘let him rest’

“Stop talking nonsense on social media and get this guy found, mentioning my name in all this and that.”

Tom Hilton (20) was injured when a gang carrying a machete and an ax attacked him in 2021.

Jay Slater was convicted for his part in the incident at Manchester Crown Court three years ago.

Detectives in Tenerife are now trying to determine whether Jay’s disappearance is linked to “something else”.

The 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer, originally from Lancashire, disappeared last Monday morning in Tenerife after attending a dance music event.

Many people online have posted derogatory messages about Jay since details of his conviction were revealed.

The victim of the 2021 attack has now spoken out on social media, the daily mail.

“Whoever is writing in these TikToks, rest. “This young man is missing and his family is heartbroken,” Hilton wrote this week.

“Put yourself in their shoes. Stop talking nonsense on social media and make them find this boy, mentioning my name in all this and that. Have some respect and help find this boy and return him to his family.”

Tom Hilton (social media)

A report of the attack in the Manchester Evening News last August describes how Hilton described the machete gang as a “pack of wolves”.

In the incident he was left with serious injuries to his skull.

Preston Crown Court was told the young gang members were not taking the procedure seriously.

Judge Parry said the youths showed a lack of respect for the court.

“Many of you have found these proceedings amusing throughout the trial, yesterday and today.

“I hope for the sake of all their families, the public and the people who have offered them jobs and apprenticeships and things like that, that they all grow up.

“Each one of you deserves to be sent to a juvenile detention center.

“Some of you played a more active role than others in the violent disorder, some carried weapons, some wore balaclavas, but the severity of this is its group nature.

“As a group, you were all more threatening than you would have been individually.”

Jay was given an 18-month community order with 25 days of rehabilitation activities and 150 hours of unpaid work for violent disorder.

Reportedly, after finishing his sentence, Jay went to Tenerife to celebrate.

Conspiracy theorists have floated the idea that Jay was kidnapped for alleged criminality and that a fundraiser was going to be used to “pay a ransom.”

Others have alleged that he has already pocketed the cash and it will come to light when the story is over.

Jay Slater’s family

Jay’s mother, Debbbie, allegedly received a message saying: “Say goodbye to your son, you will never see him again, he owes me a lot of money.”

Spanish police have told reporters that the strange nature of the disappearance requires further investigation.

“In cases of missing persons it is natural to investigate their background in case they are relevant to the search.

“This case is unusual in that it has been a week and there have been no sightings or leads on him and searches have turned up no clues.

“We have to consider the possibility of something else happening.”

Meanwhile, Jay’s friend Lucy Law has angered Spaniards with comments that their police are “not doing enough” to find Jay.

Lucy was the friend Jay called when he told her he was thirsty and lost in unfamiliar terrain, after “cutting his leg on a cactus.”

Lucy said she wants UK police to be involved in the investigation.

These comments have angered the Canarians in Tenerife and the Spanish press.

Locals allege that he is “questioning the capabilities of the islands’ police and specialized rescue teams, who know the terrain and the processes involved in a search like this much better than a young British ‘TikToker’,” according to Canarian weekly.

Atlantic Today The newspaper commented saying that “it is necessary to point out two things.

“Firstly, the Civil Guard, Agents of the Special Mountain Intervention Rescue Groups (GREIM), Civil Protection of Buenavista del Norte and the Volunteer Firefighters of Santiago del Teide have deployed an important operation on the ground, with rescue dogs. Canine Division, drones, and helicopters from the air.

“Secondly, it should also be noted that the Civil Guard is not leading the search group, but is carrying out an investigation into the events that includes searches and interviews with the last people who saw Jay Slater, online teams that watch CCTV, social networks. and other clues on the Internet, and that, as the investigation is still ongoing, the results of the investigation have not been made public because they are carried out under the law of secrecy.”

Jay’s father has described the ordeal as “hell” as the search enters its second week.

Speaking to reporters in Santiago del Teide, about four miles (6.4 kilometers) from the search area, Warren Slater said: “I just want him to be found.”

“Someone must know something.”

Despite the efforts of specialized dog teams and police focused on the rugged terrain of the Teno Rural National Park, the search has been compared to “looking for a needle in a haystack.”

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