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POLICE were called to the scene of a seri-
ous assault at a licensed premises in Won-
thaggi on a big night of pre-Christmas cel-
ebrations in the town on Friday, December
22 in which a 25 year old local man was
‘glassed’ in the neck by another local man.
The victim sustained a significant lacera-
tion to the side of his face, from the top of
his ear to the jaw line according to police,
requiring 36 stitches.
Detective Leading Senior Constable Peter
Johnston said this week the incident occurred
at around 9.30pm, allegedly after a verbal al-
tercation between patrons at the venue.
“Someone has been glassed as a result, ”
Det LSC Johnston said.
Mr Johnston said the victim sustained a
serious injury and was initially taken to the
Wonthaggi Hospital and then Frankston from
where he was later discharged after emer-
Witnesses have told the Sentinel-Times
that there was a significant loss of blood as
a result of the incident, after the man was al-
legedly hit in the neck region and that other
patrons of the venue rendered first aid as-
sistance until paramedics arrived.
They have, however been critical of the
time delay in ambulances attending the
scene. Ambulance Victoria has been asked
for a response.
Police interviewed a 21 year old man last
week in relation to the attack and subse-
quently charged him with ‘recklessly causing
He appeared in the Latrobe Valley Magis-
trates’ Court last Thursday, January 28 at
a bail hearing where police opposed bail on
the basis that the man posed an unaccept-
able risk to the community based on the fact
that he was already on bail, pending a court
case on an earlier assault incident.
But Latrobe Magistrate Charles Tan agreed
to release the man on strict conditions giving
among his reasons for conditional release,
the man’s young age.
He was bailed to appear in the Wonthaggi
Magistrates’ Court on March 9.
Those attending the venue said it was
packed at the time of the assault with many
of the local trades having their Christmas
break-ups in and around the town on Friday.
Alcohol and drug use were allegedly in-
IT TOOK Ambulance Victoria 32 minutes to
respond to an emergency call in the Wonthaggi
CBD on Friday, December 22 after an assault at
a local licensed premises.
After an initial review of the incident re-
sponse, a spokesperson has acknowledged that
the response time wasn’t acceptable and that
the authority would be investigating further.
Ambulance Victoria Gippsland Regional Di-
rector Simon Jemmett:
“Paramedics were called to a report of a man
who had reportedly been injured at an address in
Wonthaggi at 9.02pm on Friday, December 22.”
“Our initial review of the case shows that it
took 32 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.
“We will now review the case in more detail to
understand why our response was longer than
we would expect.”
As a result of an assault with a glass, the vic-
tim sustained a serious laceration to the side of
his face requiring 36 stitches. There was signifi-
cant blood loss.
Police have praised the first-aid efforts of oth-
36 stitches after
Ambulance Vic admits response lacking
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AN INVERLOCH father was arrested on New
Year’s Eve for streaking across the Inverloch
Recreation Reserve – after being chased down
naked by police.
The man in his 30s, after a few drinks,
ditched his clothes on Sunday night and ran
across the oval during the annual New Year’s
“He thought it was a great idea to strip down
and go streaking across the recreation reserve,
in close proximity to the people near the fair
and festivities,” said Sergeant Barry McCoy.
Police arrested the drunk man and brought
his clothes back to him.
He was then taken to the Wonthaggi Police
Station, where he was interviewed and released
pending summons for offensive behaviour and
Inverloch’s New Year streaker arrested
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