Perth man fighting for life after being 'bashed with cricket bat' outside pub

Kamilia Palu
·News Editor
·2-min read

A “loving” and “gentle” Perth man is fighting for his life in an induced coma after he was allegedly bashed with a cricket bat outside a pub north of the CBD.

Brandon Orr, 26, was leaving the Alexander Bar and Bistro in Ballajura with his fiancee, Chantelle Baxter, and their friends when they noticed a fight had broken out in front of the venue.

“Brandon was an innocent bystander trying to do the right thing and was struck in the head with a cricket bat which has left him in a serious condition,” a GoFundMe page set up by Natasha Williams states.

Brandon Orr lies in a hospital bed in a Perth hospital after being bashed outside a pub in Perth.
Brandon Orr is in an induced coma after allegedly being struck with a cricket bat outside a pub in Perth. Source: GoFundMe

Suffering horrific head injuries, Mr Orr was rushed to the trauma unit at Royal Perth Hospital. He hasn’t fully regained consciousness since he arrived on Tuesday evening.

Mr Orr, a plumber by trade, has multiple skull fractures, bleeding on the brain and a broken nose.

On Friday night, he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. According to the GoFundMe page, he remains in an induced coma.

“Brandon will have a long road to recovery. He will need physiotherapy, rehabilitation, ongoing appointments with his neurology team and so much more,” Ms Williams wrote.

Brandon Orr poses for a photo with his fiancee, Chantelle Baxter.
Mr Orr was with his fiancee, Chantelle Baxter, at the time of the incident. Source: Facebook

Within a matter of days, the $5000 goal was smashed, with hundreds of friends, family and strangers raising more than $12,000 to go Ms Baxter to help with medical bills.

“Brandon did not deserve this! He is not the type to get involved in petty pub fights,” Ms Williams said.

“He is so loving and the most gentle guy. We're struggling to see him this way. Please keep us all in your thoughts.”

Many donors left messages of support for Mr Orr.

Brandon Orr lies unconscious in a hospital bed with horrific bruising around both of his eyes.
Mr Orr suffered horrific head injuries in the attack, including multiple skull fractures, bleeding on the brain and a broken nose. Sourcel GoFundMe

"Hope you pull through mate, no one deserves this,” one friend wrote.

“Keep up the fight Brandon, may justice be served and your recovery begin real soon,” another said.

A 33-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman have been charged over the incident. The woman will appear in court in December.

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