'He didn’t have a chance’: Family reveal attack over fireworks left grandfather ‘brain dead’

The Christmas day feud that left a grandfather brain dead was reportedly sparked by a complaint over a firework that caused a dog belonging to the alleged attackers to bark.

The 50-year-old was due to have his life support switched off on Sunday after being declared “gone” following the attack, which his step-daughter Jess Clark said saw five guys bash him at the same time, Nine News reported.

“Fifteen guys rocked up here and he just really didn’t have a chance,” Ms Clark told the network.

The final photo taken of Anthony Clark before the brutal bashing that left him brain dead. Source: Nine News

The confrontation unfolded in Mooroolbark, in Melbourne’s east, about 11pm on Wednesday evening

“They knocked my mum out right here on the driveway straight away. They had bats, they smashed my car and then they just threw my mum around like a ragdoll, they hit me.

“They were yelling because a firework went off and their dog was barking. So now my dad’s dead because their dog was barking.

“Four of them went my dad at once and one of them was just stomping him.”

Jess Clark said the attackers were complaining about fireworks that caused their dog to bark. Source: Nine News

Victoria Police said the man was hit on the head and taken to hospital with life threatening injuries, while a 50-year-old woman was hospitalised with non-life threatening injuries.

An 18-year-old Mooroolbark man was arrested at the scene but later released pending further enquiries, police said.

Police said four people were arrested on the same street on Friday and they were investigating whether or not the two incidents were related.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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