Shocking footage has been released of a restaurant diner hit across the back of the head with a glass beer bottle in a sickening and unprovoked attack.
New South Wales Police have renewed their public appeal into the ‘cowardly’ assault in their quest to find two men captured on CCTV who may be able to assist with their inquiries.
The alleged assault happened in Sydney’s Chinatown precinct in Haymarket at around 9.15pm on February 27.
CCTV shows a man 23, sitting with a friend in a restaurant on Thomas Street, oblivious he’s being approached from behind by another man.
A young diner (in grey shirt) was approached from behind and hit with a glass beer bottle
The other man strikes the diner in the back of the head with a glass beer bottle, before snatching the victim’s glasses and threw them back into his face before walking away to rejoin his friends eating at a nearby table.
As the friend and bystanders rush to the victim’s aid, a second man is seen confronting the injured diner before hitting him twice across the face.
The injured diner was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he received 14 stitches for a serious head laceration.
The injured diner had his glasses smashed and required 14 stitches for a head wound
Police have released CCTV of two men who may be able to assist with the investigation.
The first man is described as Asian appearance, aged in his 30s, 180cm-185cm tall, medium build, black short hair, wearing a black shirt and black pants.
The second man is described as Mediterranean appearance, aged in his 30s, 180cm-185cm tall, of medium build, with black short hair wearing a black shirt and blue ripped denim jeans.
The injured restaurant diner is confronted and assaulted by a second man (in black T-shirt)
‘Our detectives have been working meticulously on this investigation and are very keen to speak to anyone who has information that may assist with inquiries,’ Sydney City Crime Manager Detective Inspector David El-Badawi said.
‘From all accounts, this was an unprovoked and cowardly assault and this type of behaviour is simply unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
‘We need the community’s assistance to help us put the final pieces together and put those responsible before the courts.’
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police believe this man captured on CCTV can assist with inquiries into the alleged assault