Suspect arrested over 'vicious' Christmas Day bashing

A MIDDLE-AGED man remains in custody after allegedly bashing two other men on Christmas Day, possibly with a piece of timber, as they walked across a Warrnambool soccer field.

He is on remand to face a magistrate next week on eight charges.

The victims, also middle-aged — one from Warrnambool and the other from Casterton — received head injuries and were taken by ambulance to hospital for treatment before being discharged.

Senior Constable David MacPhail of Warrnambool police station described it as a vicious attack involving punching and kicking, resulting in one man receiving a broken nose.

“The attack possibly involved using timber,” he said.

The incident happened a few minutes before 6pm about 50 metres inside the Merrivale Drive fence of the Harris Street soccer field.

Is is believed the victims had also been attacked earlier as they walked down the railway reserve from an address further west in Merrivale.

 “We believe there were witnesses near the railway tracks — one was walking a dog,” Senior Constable MacPhail said.

“If they could come forward with information it would assist us in our investigations.”

The accused appeared before a bail justice and remanded in custody until Wednesday when he did not apply for bail and was further remanded until next week.

He faces charges of recklessly causing serious injury, recklessly causing injury, assault with a weapon and unlawful assault.