Warrnambool youth flown to Melbourne with a fractured skull after bashing

UPDATE, Wednesday, 7.30am: TWO more Ballarat district men have been charged with serious assault offences, taking to four the number of men accused of a bashing in Warrnambool on January 21.

Detective Senior Constable Craig Wastell, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said investigators went to Ballarat on Monday night.

He said two men aged in their 20s were arrested, interviewed and charged with four offences each.

The men were charged with intentionally causing serious injury, intentionally causing injury with gross violence, intentionally causing injury and affray 

Detective Senior Constable Wastell said the investigation was now completed.

Patrick “Paddy” Bubb, 17, was rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with a fractured skull, cheekbone, suspected fractured eyesocket and bleeding on the brain.

He is now home recovering but faces an extensive rehabilitation.

Security camera footage was obtained from a neighbour which led to the Ballarat district men being identified after they went to Warrnambool licensed premises after the incident near the intersection of Banyan and Cramer streets.

Early February: TWO Ballarat men have been arrested, interviewed and charged with the brutal bashing of a Warrnambool teenager during the early hours of January 21.

​Detective Sergeant Andy Raven, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said Warrnambool detectives went to Ballarat on Monday night.

The men, aged 21 years old and 19, were interviewed and then charged with intentionally causing serious injury and intentionally causing injury.

They were bailed to appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Friday for a filing hearing.

The assault happened near the intersection of Banyan Street and Cramer Street at 12.50am on January 21.

"We would like to thank members of the public for their assistance. It's been very pleasing to identify the people involved," Detective Sergeant Raven said.

 "But, at the time of the incident there were a couple of cars seen heading north on Banyan Street and we would like to hear from anyone who was in one of those vehicles," he said.

Anyone who was in one of the cars is requested to contact the Warrnambool police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Late January: POLICE believe they have identified members of a group involved in a brutal bashing which left a Warrnambool teenager with bleeding on the brain.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Raven, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, confirmed on Thursday morning that officers were vigorously pursuing positive lines of inquiry.

"We would like to thank members of the public for their assistance. We've had a number of calls providing information," he said.

"We expect to further advance this investigation in coming days. At this stage we will not be releasing the graphic security camera footage we have obtained."

Detective Sergeant Raven said statements had been taken from the victims.

It's understood the group of young men involved in the assault attended Warrnambool licensed premises overnight on Saturday which led to them being identified. 

Earlier: POLICE have called on six men wanted for questioning about a violent assault at Warrnambool to hand themselves in.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Raven, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said investigators had obtained excellent security camera footage which captured the incident.

“Our advice to those young men is to hand themselves in to police before we come knocking on their doors,” he said.

It’s understood police want to speak to all the young men involved, but, in particular, the alleged main offender.

Police are in the process of considering releasing images of the footage.

January 23: A WARRNAMBOOL youth walking home a female friend was the victim of a vicious gang bashing on Saturday night.

Patrick “Paddy” Bubb, 17, was rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with a fractured skull, cheekbone, suspected fractured eyesocket and bleeding on the brain.

His uncle Wayne Bubb is shocked an unprovoked attack like this could happen in Warrnambool and he is keen to help police track down the offenders.

“I guess I’m shocked something like this happened in Warrnambool – you don’t expect this type of thing to happen in a country town,” Mr Bubb said.

“My understanding is he was at a party during the evening and a young girl needed to go home,” Mr Bubb said. “Paddy and a friend decided to walk her home.” 

The trio was stunned when a gang of six men, believed to be in their early 20s, approached them at the corner of Banyan and Cramer streets. The group of guys just came out of the bushes,” Mr Bubb said. “The biggest guy walked up and punched Paddy in the back of the head. He started to get up and he was punched again.

“He got back up on his feet after being hit three times and was able to run off.”

Mr Bubb said Paddy’s friend was also punched and the girl was grabbed around the neck. “One of the them grabbed the girl but apparently one of the guys grew a bit of a conscience and said ‘we don’t bash up girls’.”

Mr Bubb said his nephew was taken to hospital and flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

“They flew him down to Melbourne mainly as a precaution in case they needed to relieve any pressure (on the brain),” he said.

Mr Bubb said his nephew was in good spirits, responding to Facebook messages to let friends know he is OK.

He has asked friends on Facebook to share a post about the incident, urging any witnesses to contact police.

The post has been shared more than 1000 times, with people expressing disbelief at the incident.

“The kids were trying to walk a girl home, for god’s sake,” Mr Bubb said.

Warrnambool police Acting Sergeant Lachlan Barr said there was an incident about 11.30pm Saturday night at the intersection of Cramer and Banyan street, near the top of the Banyan Street hill.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Warrnambool police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.