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MORNINGTON Peninsula detectives are appealing for assistance following an assault at Tuerong over the weekend.

They were told a 19-year-old Bentleigh East man was swimming with friends at Devils Bend Reserve, just off Graydens Road, 6.15pm, Sunday 10 January. As they were walking back to the car park they came across a group of about 10 men by the water’s edge. One of the group threw a rock at the 19-year-old, narrowly missing him.

After an argument one of the men punched the victim, knocking him to the  ground. He then kicked him in the head, causing him to lose consciousness, before running off on foot.

The victim’s friends took him to Sandringham hospital from where he was taken to Melbourne with a suspected broken neck.

The offender is of Maori or Islander appearance, about 183cm tall with black curly hair, shaved on both sides, solid build with a tattoo on his chest.

The group was using two cars: a blue Holden Calais VZ and a silver Commodore.

Anyone with information or who saw the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report at


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