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