Police are appealing for a man who bashed a pub patron on Grand Final Day — leaving him with serious head injuries — to come forward.
The patron, 45-year-old Steven Blackford of Balaclava, received a fractured skull, bleeding in the brain and a shattered cheekbone after being punched at the South Melbourne pub.
Mr Blackford was at the Ferrars Street pub at 5.15pm after attending the Grand Final with his wife and friends.
Victoria Police said that he was involved in fight in the pub toilets with a man wearing a Lionel Ritchie t-shirt.
The fight was only brief but resumed a short time later in the pool room. It ended when Mr Blackford received a blow to the head that knocked him unconscious.
Mr Blackford was rushed to hospital and placed in intensive care.
The man who assaulted Mr Blackford left the pub after the altercation. He was part of a group of four men who had been at the pub since 11.20am.
His brother, Gary Blackford — who together with Mr Blackford’s father travelled to Australia from the UK after the assault — said Mr Blackford was still “very bad”.
He said that although his brother was out of intensive care he had no memory of the incident and had said very few words. He was able, however, to recognise family members.
He said he hoped his brother would be back on his feet in a few months.
Acting Detective Sergeant Paul Kerr of South Melbourne CIU urged the man who committed the assault to come forward. “He may not even be aware of the seriousness of the incident at this point,” he said.
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