Tuesday, 1st May, 2012
By Erica Visser
When 35-year-old Bruce Douglas was walking along the city’s familiar streets on Sunday night he never suspected that he would fall victim to a vicious attack.
Mr Douglas was coming out of Williams Lane onto Murton Street, a route he had walked countless times, at 9.20pm when he saw three men approaching out of the corner of his eye.
“I didn’t take much notice because I always see people on my walks but the next thing they came out of nowhere and I felt a punch in the side of my face,” Mr Douglas said
“I staggered out off to the road but then I remember one guy who had a hood covering most of his face, he grabbed hold of my backpack,” he said.
“He was trying to rip it off my right shoulder but it was attached to my left.
“Next thing I knew I was hit again and I more or less collapsed on the road.
“When I came to, one of the guys said he had a knife and that he’d stab me and fill me with bullet holes if I didn’t give him my money.”
Mr Douglas said he rushed to pull out all the money he had in his pocket.
“I remember I grabbed the coins and dumped them in one of their hands,” he said.
The driver of a car that came out of Williams Lane would have seen the incident but did not stop, Mr Douglas said.
Several other cars also went past throughout the attack, he said.
“I saw a four-wheel drive coming out of Williams Street but then I felt another thump to the side of my face and they took off after ripping my backpack off,” he said.
Luckily, the bag contained nothing of much value.
Mr Douglas, who by then was struggling with a mouthful of blood, called the police on his mobile phone.
“I wasn’t too shaken up then. I rang the police and they were out there within minutes.
“I had a mouthful of blood but I didn’t feel the extent of my injuries until I woke today and I’ve had a headache all day.”
But Mr Douglas said that he was not too frightened to go for a walk at night again.
“I’m not going to let them dictate my life,” he said.
Police are investigating the matter and are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward as soon as possible.
Mr Douglas said that the main offender was of Aboriginal appearance, about 180 centimetres tall, in his early to mid 20s with a muscular build and wearing a light blue hooded jumper.
Anyone with information should contact police 8087 0299 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.