Ryan Wells (pictured) has been granted bail over an alleged assault in Frankston last week
A self-employed tradesman who allegedly assaulted a stranger outside a pub has been granted bail over the horrific unprovoked attack.
Ryan Stephen Wells is charged with assault over the alleged attack of another man at Frankston, in Melbourne’s south-west, about 7.45pm last Thursday.
CCTV cameras captured the moment Wells, 32, allegedly used his forearm to assault a man as he walked past him on a footpath.
Two male friends who were with him at the time laughed at the alleged attack.
Wells, who runs a local concreting business, handed himself into police on Monday and faced Frankston Magistrates Court that afternoon where he was granted bail.
The court heard his alleged victim had not yet filed an official complaint as he was currently ‘in fear of his life’, Nine News reports.
Ryan Wells (far left and right) handed himself into police on Monday morning where he was charged with assault. His alleged victim can be seen (left) lying on the ground after the attack
A second man, who was caught on CCTV footage cruelly laughing as the victim lay semi-conscious on the ground, was questioned but released without charge.
Victoria Police releasing footage of the sickening attack on the weekend and made a public plea for help to identify the alleged perpetrators.
Security vision overlooking the path, next to Nepean Highway in Frankston, captures the three men wearing hi-visibility clothing walking together about 7.45pm.
Wells and the second man handed themselves into police on Monday following the widespread online outrage.
Witnesses say they followed a trail of blood to the victim, but he refused their help and fled the scene.
Police confirmed the victim was a 43-year-old Frankston North man, but did not reveal his identity.
A 43-year-old man (pictured) was attacked in the alleged assault. He is speaking with police but is ‘too scared’ to make an official complaint, the court heard
Police charged Wells with assault on Monday morning after he handed himself in to a local station
The man, who was wearing a hooded jumper at the time and is not believed to have known the group of men, left his broken dentures at the scene of the attack.
Police believe he would have suffered serious facial injuries as a result of the assault.
‘A disgusting and vicious attack, very unprovoked, which was not called for,’ Victoria Police Senior Constable Joel Barbera said.
Police are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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