TWO victims of a vicious gang attack have described how they feared they would be stomped to death.
Police have released images of people they want to talk to in relation to two assaults in the Fitzroy Gardens. Supplied
Ryan Hickey, 25, and James Fitzgerald, 30, were ruthlessly bashed by the gang of youths, who repeatedly kicked and stomped on their heads even after they had handed over all of their possessions.
The pair were attacked in the Fitzroy Gardens in separate incidents about 3am on April 14.
Mr Fitzgerald said he handed over his wallet, phone and passport to the thugs amid a flurry of kicks and punches, but they appeared determined to kill him.
“I thought, `OK, they’ve got my stuff now’ and that’s when the beating really began,’’ he said.
“It was savage. It was extreme violence … I must have been kicked and stomped in the head about a dozen, 15 times, maybe more and I was lying on the ground covering my head and they were literally kicking it like it was a football. Not little digs, but proper kicks.’’
Mr Fitzgerald, who moved to Melbourne from London two-and-half-years ago, suffered a broken wrist as he shielded his head from the blows.
“People were stamping on my head repeatedly like it wasn’t a person’s head, but like a balloon,’’ he said.
Mr Hickey sustained a broken vertebrae in his spine after the same gang bashed him almost to death a short time before Mr Fitzgerald’s attack.
They are of African appearance and are described as tall and skinny.
Source & full story: Herald Sun