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Random attack on dog walker

Monday, 20th January, 2014

By Michael Murphy

A 50-year-old man who was walking his dog on Saturday afternoon was severely beaten in what appeared to be a random attack.

The man suffered a black eye, swelling to his face and shoulder as well as grazing to the head, shoulder and hip.

Police said the man, 50, was strolling down Chloride Street, towards Blende Street, when three males approached him about 2.30pm.

“After an exchange of words, one of the males has allegedly grabbed him by the throat and punched him to the ground,” a police spokesman said.

“This was just a totally unprovoked and random bashing,” he said.

“It’s ridiculous.”

The victim allegedly copped a few more punches to the face and kicks while he was on the ground. 

A teenager went to the police station with his mother later in the afternoon to speak with police about the incident.

Police charged the 17-year-old male with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and the youth was then bailed to appear in the Children’s Court.

In another incident on Saturday, police had to subdue a man with capsicum spray after he allegedly karate kicked an officer in the guts.

Police were called to an Oxide Street house just after 10pm when the man became irate and allegedly threw a metal object at police and then ran towards them with a metal pole, smashing a window before falling into a bush.

“He was eventually restrained and taken back to the police station where he then decided to urinate in the charge room,” a police spokesman said.

The man, who was intoxicated, was charged with assaulting police and malicious damage.

Police were not injured in the scuffle.

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