UPDATE 11.44am: Police investigating the brutal bashing of a Warnbro teenager have received information through Crime Stoppers but there has been no breakthrough, Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said today.
“We have had some calls to Crime Stoppers, they have been valuable, but what we need to do is get the information from people who may have been around the area at that time of night who may have seen something,” he said.
Mr O’Callaghan said it was not known whether the attack was a random event or a case of mistaken identity.
He said footage of the attack was disturbing.
“If it’s an unprovoked attack and there is no reason for it, it is disturbing, but I think we have to find out exactly what is behind this attack, it’s a highly unusual set of circumstances for Perth and we are doing our utmost to try and resolve it,” he said.
Mr O’Callaghan denied Perth was becoming an increasingly violent city, saying the Warnbro incident was unusual. He described the attackers as cowards.
“I think they are people who if brought to justice deserve the full weight of the law,” he said.
Jimi Brewer-Joyce, 17, was outside a service station on Safety Bay Road about 10.50pm on Saturday when three carloads of men pulled up.
They got out of the cars armed with bats, golf clubs, hockey sticks and pool cues, and with balaclavas and bandanas concealing their faces and attacked Jimmy and one of his other friends before fleeing.
Jimi suffered facial and skull fractures and swelling on the brain and is in a stable condition in Royal Perth Hospital.
One of his friends suffered minor injuries while the other two were not injured.
Police want to speak to several people who come to the aid of Jimmy after the attack.
Jimi's father Andrew Joyce said today he had been shocked and disgusted by the attack on his son.
He said Jimi had not been able to speak much since the incident and was still drifting in and out of consciousness in hospital.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.