Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Community Safety One-punch-assault recklessly causing serious injury gatecrash party Melbourne Herald Sun & The Age August 26th 2014




"Jaiden, 15, was walking away from the drama when he was allegedly struck from behind by a young man running past him.

The blow caused him to fall to the ground where witnesses said he hit his head on the footpath.

He suffered bleeding to the brain and was placed in an induced coma at the Royal Children’s Hospital where his condition improved from critical to serious overnight."





Teenager charged over gatecrash party hit on promising soccer player

Teen in coma after bashing

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A BOY, 16, has been charged over the alleged coward punch that left a promising soccer player fighting for his life in hospital.
The boy handed himself into Richmond station this afternoon following extensive media coverage and a plea from the victim’s mother for the person responsible to come forward.
Detectives from Knox Crime Investigation Unit arrested and charged the 16-year-old boy following an alleged assault at an out-of-control party in Bayswater on Saturday night.
He has been charged with recklessly causing serious injury and other assault-related offences and was bailed to appear at a Children’s Court at a later date.
Police were called to the underage rave at at Bayswater Youth Hall on Station St about 9pm on Saturday after organisers were concerned a group of people had gatecrashed the party.
Jaiden, 15, was walking away from the drama when he was allegedly struck from behind by a young man running past him.
The blow caused him to fall to the ground where witnesses said he hit his head on the footpath.
He suffered bleeding to the brain and was placed in an induced coma at the Royal Children’s Hospital where his condition improved from critical to serious overnight.
The teenager has been placed in an induced coma.
Jaiden is in a serious condition at the Children’s Hospital.
The teenage victim’s brother, Anthony, and mother, Karyn, have appealed for the attacker
The teenage victim’s brother, Anthony, and mother, Karyn, have appealed for the attacker to come forward. Picture: Mark Dadswell
The charge came after Jaiden’s mother Karyn, who wished to keep their surname unpublished, fought back tears yesterday as she pleaded with the person responsible for attacking her son to surrender to police.
“Be honest, please,” Karyn said in an appeal to her son’s attacker.
“You might not realise that the outcome of your action is what it is now but you need to know and other young people need to know that this is not on.
“My son was invited to that party. He was not a gatecrasher. He’s a good boy.”
Police, meanwhile, have defended their response to the out-of-control party.
Police were criticised after a damning video, filmed by a reveller at the scene, emerged showing an officer refusing to get involved in breaking up one of the fights that had spilt onto the street.
The panicked party-goer can be heard repeatedly urging the officers to help, at one point saying “he just got kicked in the face”.
The policeman responded: “What do you want us to do? Walk through all that so we get hit? No.”
Superintendent Graeme Arthur said the police had been confronted with a “volatile situation” but admitted the officer’s response was not appropriate.
The Senior Constable involved had been spoken with, he said, and a review of the police response would be conducted.
Jaiden was one of about 500 teens who had been at the underage rave when its organisers called police.
Police attended and shut down the alcohol-free event about 9pm, forcing revellers out onto the street.
Despite many partygoers still hanging around the area, police left.
But at 10.30pm, they were called back to the scene as tensions had boiled over and a series of fights had broke out.
It was around this time Jaiden called his mother and asked her to come pick him up because he had been hit.
When his mother arrived, she said Jaiden had “quite a severe gash” to his face but was conscious.
“He was talking to me and I asked him all the questions a mother would ask (about what happened),” she said.
But on the drive home to Carrum Downs, the Rowville Secondary College student took a turn for the worse and started to have a seizure in the car.
She rushed him to the William Angliss Hospital in Ferntree Gully where he was immediately transferred to the Children’s Hospital and placed in an induced coma.
The Bayswater party where Jaiden was attacked. Picture: Flashback Melbourne Photography.
The Bayswater party where Jaiden was attacked. Picture: Flashback Melbourne Photography
Karyn said it was hard to see her son, who plays for Bentleigh Greens Soccer Club, laying in hospital as he had always been so active.
She was adamant he did not drink alcohol, take drugs or smoke cigarettes because his health and fitness was his priority as he pursued his dream to play soccer professionally.
He was due to go to Italy next month for a trial with the Italian Soccer Management (ISM) in Perugia, she said.
“I’ve got my son who had the world at his feet and now he’s got a long road to go to get back to where he was,” she said.
Jaiden, 15, remains in a critical condition.

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Teen charged after boy allegedly punched at Bayswater party

Nino Bucci August 26, 2014
Jaiden's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious.
Jaiden's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious. Photo: Supplied
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged after a promising young soccer player was allegedly punched at a party in Melbourne's east.
Victoria Police said the South Melbourne teenager was interviewed on Tuesday afternoon and charged with recklessly cause serious injury and other assault related offences. 
The South Melbourne teenager handed himself in to police at Richmond station on Tuesday afternoon.
He was bailed to appear at a Children's Court at a later date.
The charges come as the victim, 15-year-old Jaiden's condition was upgraded from critical to serious, a Royal Children's Hospital spokeswoman said on Tuesday.


The Carrum Downs teenager was allegedly punched outside a registered party that got out of control when around 300 partygoers and gatecrashers clashed on Saturday night.

Around 30 police attempted to break up the party at the request of organisers, but teens continued to mill around the Bayswater hall for several hours after the initial police call.
Superintendent Graeme Arthur said on Tuesday that the incident was a stark reminder of the carnage caused when teenagers organise large parties that are advertised on social media.
"It's tragic. It's a terrible set of circumstances and it happens far too often," he said.
"In the cold hard light of day, people often reflect on their behaviour.
"This is a big issue for Victoria Police every weekend."
Police will review whether the response of officers who attended the party was appropriate.
A Senior Constable, who was accompanied by a trainee officer who had yet to graduate from the Police Academy, was heard to say in a recording taken during the party: "what do you want us to do? Walk through all that so that we get hit, no".
The 18th birthday party had been registered, Superintendent Arthur said, and when police first attended about 8pm they had no concerns that it would spiral out of control, despite a lack of security or adult supervision.
Three to four officers returned about 9am and shut the party down as it became overrun by gatecrashers.
"I certainly wouldn't want that member to rush into a volatile situation," Superintendent Arthur said of the senior constable.
Jaiden was due to head to Italy in September to realise his dream of playing professional soccer.
The boy's family has requested that his full name not be used.
His older BROTHER Anthony described Jaiden as the nicest kid you could meet in the world and called on his attacker to come forward.
"He loves his soccer and all he wants to do is play. My brother is an athlete," he told reporters on Monday.
Jaiden, who plays for the Bentleigh Greens Soccer Club, remains in an induced coma with bleeding on the brain.
with AAP

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