MUGS WANTED OVER UNPROVOKED BASHING IN ASCOT VALE

In Alcohol-related violence by Clyde Mooney

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Victorian police are hunting for three men involved in a unprovoked and pathetic group bashing of another man within a Melbourne pub.

CCTV (below) shows four or five men accosting 55-year-old grandfather Tony McDonald on the evening of Sunday, 13 August last year at the Union Hotel in Ascot Vale.

McDonald and his brother were enjoying a quiet beer when approached by the rowdy group, who had been yelling abuse at other patrons, including the brothers.

The footage shows the melee continue for a minute and a half, the men dragging their victim to the ground, punching and kicking him, with John McDonald attempting to stand over and protect his bleeding brother.

A staff member comes into view behind the bar, comes around and appears to be telling the group to stop, before returning behind the bar. Other patrons walk past during the rolling assault reminiscent of a drunken rugby maul.

With no security in sight, the fracas eventually moves outside, where the men reportedly further punched and kicked McDonald before fleeing.

The father of three and grandfather of one suffered a jaw broken in three places, and a broken nose, as well as grazes and bruising.

He was left needing surgery, five days in hospital, and ongoing medical care, and required nine weeks off work. He suffers nerve damage in his teeth and is receiving ongoing psychologist appointments.

Police have arrested one man over the incident, but are seeking another three.

They are all described as Caucasian, aged between 30 and 40 years.

“There was no reasoning with them, they were just hellbent, wanting to cause a bit of damage,” John McDonald told The Age.

“They were all part of it, like a pack of hyenas really.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.