Bash­ing caught on film

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A HOME­LESS man in Gee­long has been bashed in an at­tack that was filmed and posted on so­cial me­dia.

The sick­en­ing as­sault is un­der­stood to have hap­pened on Moora­bool St on Wed­nes­day night.

In a video posted to Face­book, a man is seen punch­ing the vic­tim to the head at least eight times.

The vic­tim, 47 — wear­ing a blan­ket — tries to pro­tect his head as the at­tacker shouts: “Get the f--- up. I’m go­ing to punch the f--- out of you.”

Su­per­in­ten­dent Craig Gil­lard said po­lice were aware of the in­ci­dent and had launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Po­lice are ap­palled at this be­hav­iour and vi­o­lent as­sault and com­mit to en­sur­ing the of­fend­ers are held ac­count­able for their ac­tions,” Supt Gil­lard said.

In the 19-sec­ond video, two men are cap­tured talk­ing to the cam­era.

Last night, 7 News aired a video re­ported to be of one of the al­leged at­tack­ers, who claimed the men were not at fault for the in­ci­dent.

“We were not in the wrong here, we were de­fend­ing our­selves,” he said.

“We tried let­ting it go. We wouldn’t nor­mally do that, but he pushed us.”

Last night, vic­tim Scott — who did not pro­vide his sur­name — told the Gee­long Ad­ver­tiser he did not know the men or why he was as­saulted.

Scott es­caped with mi­nor in­juries to his head and said he did not want to press charges against his at­tack­ers.

“It doesn’t mat­ter . . . I gave a state­ment of no com­plaint (to po­lice),” he said.

But Vic­to­ria Po­lice said they would pur­sue the men.

In a post on the Gee­long po­lice Eye­watch page on Face­book, of­fi­cers said they had spo­ken to the vic­tim and the of­fend­ers had been iden­ti­fied. “These of­fend­ers will be in­ter­viewed about this mat­ter in due course,” a post said.

Footage of the as­sault caused shock and out­rage on so­cial me­dia, with one Gee­long res­i­dent post­ing: “This makes me want to move far far away and never re­turn.”

Any wit­nesses to the as­sault are asked to con­tact ei­ther the Gee­long Po­lice Sta­tion on 5225 3100 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

A bat­tered and bruised Scott yes­ter­day.

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