Pack violence on Grafton streets
BRUISED and confused, Joshua Jones is still wondering what was used to hit him during a vicious attack by eight men in Prince Street, Grafton, on Friday night.
He was assaulted by the pack as he walked down Prince Street with a friend at 10.30pm.
He and mate Tom Ebeling were walking to meet a group of friends at Domino’s Pizza. They were approached by four men of Aboriginal appearance wearing no shirts and aged between late teens and twenties.
“I was smoking a cigarette and they asked if I had a spare and I said no,” Joshua said.
“Next thing I knew four others came over from across the road and something hit me from the side.
“It wasn’t a fist but something hard,” he said of the unprovoked attack.
Tom said he was jumped on first and told Joshua to keep running, but it was too late.
“One of the guys was saying ‘this is my town’ and I told him we didn’t want any trouble,” Tom said.
“I was worried about Joshua, he’s only little and hasn’t been in a fight in his life,” Tom said.
One of the attackers smashed Tom’s head into the Rockmans boutique window.
He kicked and punched Tom while he lay on the footpath.
Tom has impaired vision in one eye that needs to be assessed by doctors this week.
Both men were on the ground when rescued by their friends, who took them to Grafton Base Hospital.
Joshua was admitted and remains in hospital. Tom was attended to by emergency staff and released.
Joshua, a 25-year-old spray painter, from Waterview Heights, said it would be six weeks before the stitches were removed from the inside of his mouth and he can eat properly again.
With no medical insurance, he has no idea where he’s going to find the $8000 to $10,000 quoted by the dental surgeon to fix the row of teeth that were knocked out during the attack.
Joshua’s father, Geoff Jones, was at home when he got the call from Joshua’s friend after the incident and is still visibly shocked.
“It’s terrible, I couldn’t believe it,” Geoff said.
“And on our way home from the hospital at about 2am, there were groups of girls walking the streets.
“I felt like telling them to get a taxi.”
He’s appalled that two grown men are not safe walking at night in Grafton.
The incident is under investigation and a possible witness is yet to be contacted by police.
Witnesses are urged to contact Grafton police.