A NIGHT out in Northbridge to celebrate his girlfriend’s birthday turned sour for a Mandurah man after having his neck slashed by a broken bottle.
Daniel Bennett received 25 staples and four stitches to the wound when he was raced to Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) following the violent incident.
The 28-year-old was walking to the Perth Train Station on William Street with his girlfriend about 3.30am on Sunday, August 5 after birthday celebrations earlier in the night when the alleged attack happened.
“My girlfriend asked where the nearest toilets were and one of the men started to urinate on her,” he said.
After intervening, Mr Bennett was set upon by the group of six or seven men.
“He was just trying to resolve it and shake his hand,” Mr Bennett’s girlfriend said.
As he started to bleed out the gang took off, leaving Mr Bennett and his girlfriend behind.
“You could see the blood dribbling out,” Mr Bennett’s girlfriend said.
Passers-by stopped to help Mr Bennett, who had only been in the country a year after moving from New Zealand.
“I thought I was okay actually, but then I looked down and my clothes and shoes were red,” he said.
To make matters worse, Mr Bennett’s girlfriend’s wallet was stolen by a passer-by as she sat with him waiting for an ambulance.
After losing more than half a litre of blood Mr Bennett had to wait six hours before he could undergo surgery as he had eaten earlier in the night and needed to fast before the operation on his neck.
Two men, an 18-year-old from Maddington and a 19-year-old from Mirrabooka, have been charged in relation to the incident.
The 19-year-old has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm while the 18-year-old has been charged with causing bodily harm.
Mr Bennett said he had no feeling down the left side of his neck and ear and said there had been more issues to deal with following the incident.
“My mum had to fly in from Dunedin and I am off work for three weeks as a casual employee,” he said.
“The cut was the minor thing.”
With bills to pay including his ambulance ride to RPH, Mr Bennett said he would be heading back to work as soon as he could.
Mr Bennett’s girlfriend said she hoped the men responsible would be “locked away”, but Mr Bennett said he didn’t hold his breath.
“I don’t think they will even go to jail which is disappointing,” he said.
The pair charged will appear in court later this month.