This has happened twice. Certain Places such as Balga, Burwood and Northbridge have African problems.
Burswood attack costs victim eyesight
26th January 2009, 15:45 WST
A young man may permanently lose the sight in one eye and his friend has severe facial bruising after they were brutally bashed in a Burswood car park overnight.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the apparently unprovoked attack, which occurred just before 2am in the underground tunnel leading to the Dome.
Ben and his friend Cameron were leaving the complex when they walked past a group which allegedly claimed the pair racially taunted them. Despite denying they had said anything; the pair was allegedly attacked by three men, who punched them repeatedly in the head and face.
Witnesses have allegedly told police that the attackers ran off but soon returned with more friends and again kicked and punched the duo as they lay bloody on the ground. One attacker alleged stomped on Cameron’s head as he lay defenceless.
Ben, 22, was released from hospital this morning with a bloody black eye and severe bruising to his head. But Cameron, 22, is having surgery as doctors fight to save his eye.
Still in shock this morning, Ben described the attack as surreal and again denied he and Cameron had said anything to the group.
He said he had continued walking and was about 10m ahead of Cameron when his friend stopped to pacify the men who claimed they had been abused. As a couple of the men fronted Cameron, others approached Ben.
“Cameron told me to run, but I stood my ground, I didn’t want to run because Cameron was on his own and then it all happened so fast, they just started laying into us,” Ben said. “All I remember is getting hit and getting hit and waking up afterwards with someone putting oxygen on my face.”
Three men have already been charged over the assault; a Mirrabooka man, 22, and a Dianella man, 19, have both been charged with grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm, while a Balga 21-year-old has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.
Police want to speak to other men in relation to the assault. One man allegedly seen stomping on Cameron’s head was described as an African male, with dark short hair and wearing a white hoodie.
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Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia (load item map)
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