Po­lice probe brawl at party

Southern Telegraph - - News - Rourke Walsh

A baby boy nar­rowly avoided be­ing hit by a brick that was launched through the win­dow of a home in Waikiki last Satur­day night after a teenager’s party was shut down across the street.

The boy’s mother, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied, said she was forced to hide the in­fant in the toi­let after they were show­ered in glass when the teens threw bricks and a star picket.

The child’s 10-year-old brother was also lucky to avoid se­ri­ous in­jury after he moved to get an icepack for an in­jured neigh­bour just sec­onds be­fore one brick crashed through the glass.

“I was sit­ting down and this guy came in from across the road,” the 10-year-old boy said yes­ter­day.

“He sat down and said ‘my jaw, my jaw’ and you could tell it was bro­ken be­cause it was swollen.

“I was just get­ting an icepack and when I gave it to him, the brick came in. If I didn’t move to get the icepack, I would have been hit by the brick.

“A few sec­onds later, the metal pole came through the win­dow and that’s when my lit­tle brother got put in the toi­let be­cause he nearly got hit by the brick.”

The trou­ble started on Mends Way just be­fore mid­night when or­gan­is­ers of the party moved to shut it down when about 30 gate­crash­ers showed up.

It is un­der­stood the 17-year-old and her par­ents had told neigh­bours they would be host­ing a gath­er­ing for the teenager’s friends be­fore the fam­ily moved to Vic­to­ria. The party was reg­is­tered with po­lice but when it ended just be­fore mid­night, the crowd of more than 100 youths who had spilt on to the street started fight­ing.

The brawl was cap­tured on CCTV, which also shows the party host’s father stag­ger­ing back into view and sit­ting on the curb after be­ing punched in the head.

He was helped in­side his neigh­bour’s house, where the baby boy was sleep­ing in his bassinet, be­fore some of the teenagers pelted the prop­erty with bricks and a star picket.

CCTV record­ings show two boys jump­ing the back fence with their faces cov­ered and launch­ing two bricks and a metal pole at the win­dows be­fore flee­ing.

The fence is then kicked in by the group be­fore they leave.

Neigh­bours said they were at­tacked by the teenagers as they tried to move them away from their homes. One said she was hit on the head with a rock while an­other claims he had his arm slashed by a “shank” (home­made knife) when he con­fronted one teenager on the road.

An­other neigh­bour, Rebecca, said she filmed some of the may­hem from her front yard.

“It was out of con­trol. I heard ar­gu­ing at the start,” she said.

“After that, I heard a pop­ping noise, so I went out­side and started film­ing on my phone.”

The 51-year-old father and party host, who was punched in the face be­fore be­ing helped by neigh­bours, was to have surgery last night on his jaw that was bro­ken in two places.

De­tec­tives spoke with res­i­dents and col­lected the CCTV footage of the events. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or make a report on­line at www.crimestop­per­swa.com.au.

Pic­tures: Sharon Smith and CCTV

CCTV footage of the out-of-con­trol party in Waikiki. INSET: A foren­sic of­fi­cer tries to get fin­ger­prints off a fence.

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