‘I’m lucky to be alive’: Man emotionally recalls brutal bashing by group of thugs



A man has been left with a broken femur, broken nose and six broken teeth after being bashed by a group of thugs in Melbourne’s south-east last week.

Shannon told Neil Mitchell he is ‘lucky to be alive’ after being set upon by a group of men about 6pm last Thursday in central Dandenong.

“I couldn’t (protect myself) I was outnumbered, there was six of them,” Shannon said.

“I was savagely beaten to the ground, I didn’t have a chance.

“I’m lucky to be alive, I’m lucky to come home to my daughter.”

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“I’m not the biggest fella, but I played rugby union for ten years of my life,” he added.

“Never had a broken nose, never had teeth smashed out, never had anything like this.”

Shannon, 32, said he is a single father of a four-year-old girl.

His father, Cameron, told Neil two men have been arrested and they will pursue charges.

“They didn’t rob him,” Cameron said.

“They took the time and effort to bash his leg, he had none or minimal interaction with them beforehand, he didn’t know them from a bar of soap.”

Police issued a statement after the Neil Mitchell interview, confirming they are investigating the matter.

They say the group consisted of one two Causcasian men and one man African appearance, wearing a high visibility fluro vest.

Greater Dandenong Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating and appeal for public assistance. Anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at