A man is in hospital under police guard after a group of people he is accused of racially abusing set about defending themselves physically.
Jaw-dropping footage of a violent fight in Perth on Tuesday shows a white man being beaten with sticks in what appears to be a race-fueled attack.
It is believed an elderly man and two women were also injured during the fight, which witnesses told Ten Eyewitness News was started by the lone man – though this has not been confirmed.
‘He got hit because they were trying to defend themselves against a boy,’ the unnamed witness said at the scene in Wellington Park.
‘I don’t know who he is, he’s a white man, he called us a n**** – that’s wrong.’
Footage shows a group of four lay into the man, three armed with large sticks.
They hit him to the ground, where he was kicked, hit, and repeatedly bashed with the sticks, causing his head to bleed.
Another group of people came to help the injured man, who was lying on the ground and the first group walked away.
But before long, the first man was done resting and had attempted to get up. Video shows him stand up, try to rip his shirt off and fall back to the ground.
A man was viciously beaten by a group of four in Wellington Square in Perth on Tuesday
Footage showed him being hit, kicked, and bashed with large sticks causing his head to bleed. Witnesses say the man had earlier physically assaulted the group and it is believed he was drug-affected
The man then gets up a second time and stumbles back to the group who hit him, appearing to be looking to continue the fight.
Police arrive, and the man is seen trying to resist arrest before he is tasered to the ground.
No charges have been laid over the fight, and it is not clear who instigated the violence.
The witness says the violence had begun before Channel 10 began filming, and that an elderly man was attacked.
‘What if that old man he pushed over… what if he killed him there on the spot?’ they said.
‘He’s got a heart problem.’
The man seen being beaten in the footage, who is believed to have been under the influence of drugs, is currently in hospital under police guard.
When police arrived, the man resisted arrest and had to be tasered by officers (pictured)