August 25, 2013 Australia – A WOMAN was beaten unconscious after she complained about a “boisterous” gang on the NightRider bus in the early hours of this morning.
The 26-year-old asked the driver to remove the group who were standing in the aisle being noisy and knocking into passengers.
A woman from the gang then threw a drink at her and punched her in the face.
“Others from the group got involved and the woman was dragged to the ground, punched and kicked to her body and head, rendering her unconscious,” Sergeant Anita Brens said.
“The bus driver opened the bus door and the group ran from the bus along Swanston Street towards Flinders Street.”
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The savage gang was made up of six or seven men and two women.
It happened on the packed 667 NightRider bus from Swanston Street to Frankston at 2.30am.
The victim was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital where she is said to now be in a stable condition.
Transit Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating the serious assault and hope to identify the offenders, who are believed to be of African appearance, from CCTV.
“The bus was full and the group remained standing in the aisle,” Sgt Brens said.
“It’s been reported the group was boisterous and noisy, knocking into each other and others on the bus.
“A number of passengers, including a 26-year-old St Kilda woman, asked the bus driver to remove the passengers.
“One of the females from the group approached the St Kilda woman and threw a drink in her face.
“The woman stood up and was punched in the face by the female.”
The woman who started the assault, before others joined in, is African in appearance, in her late teens or early twenties, tall, thin, with long straight hair that is dyed brown.
She was wearing a tight fitted black and white dress with a pattern.
The others in the group were perceived to be of African appearance, police said.
Detectives are urging anyone with information or who was on the bus at the time to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit http://www.crimestoppers.com.au
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