Men Charged Over 'Cowardly' Mardi Gras Night Assault On Girls
Warning: This article contains a graphic video depicting violence.
Police are on the hunt for a fourth man who was involved in a shocking brawl on Mardi Gras night that left three teenage girls injured in Sydney over the weekend.
The horrific incident at Pyrmont Park was caught on camera by the victims’ friend and shows four men viciously beating the young girls after a heated argument, with one of the men seen dragging one of the teen girls off a ledge and beating her as she lay on the ground.
Three of the men, aged 21, 23 and 29 have since been charged and refused bail.
Posting the sickening video to Instagram, a friend of the girls wrote: “Never witnessed a more disgusting act in my life. Grown men brutally beating two of my best friends. The most low life men you could ever come across and the people protecting them on social media or making a joke out of it are just as bad.
“The girls intervened when we noticed them having a go at young boys we knew and this is how they chose to behave, by viciously assaulting young girls.
“Before we started recording the men pushed first.
“When we tried to remove ourselves from the situation they came after one of the girls, dragged her by the hair threw her off the concrete ledge then continued to jump and stomp on her head, there is no excuse for their actions.
“The worst thing any of us have ever had to see, with my group of 16-YEAR-OLD GIRLS having to deal with this horrific situation.
“Cannot begin to explain what has happened and how much it has affected us. Two of the strongest girls going.”
Two of the girls, aged 16, were rushed to RPA and received treatment for facial injuries and concussion, while another 16-year-old suffered significant bruising to her face.
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NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has described the incident as ‘appalling’.
Speaking to 2GB’s Ben Fordham, Fuller said: “A cowardly act would be an understatement.
“I have never seen such disgraceful footage from grown men attacking two young girls.
“Irrespective of what sentence they get, they should be tagged cowards forever.”
“Someone’s 16-year-old daughters were out, and for them to be assaulted in such a way is appalling.”
Acting Superintendent Dunstan also described the alleged attack as ‘inexcusable’.
“They had ample opportunity to turn around and walk away, they chose not to,” he said.
“It can only be described as a violent attack. Punching young women in the face … it’s not acceptable.”
Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing and the men will appear before Central Local Court on Tuesday.