2 April 2019: A young Nepalese man is in hospital with “fractured skull and bleeding on the brain” while his fellow-Nepalese mate remains in police custody following a violent brawl in Sydney CBD just after Monday midnight.
According to an NSW Police Force news release, emergency services were called to George Street, near Park Street, about 12:30 am following reports of a brawl.
9News identified the injured Nepalese man as a 22-year-old Nepalese man who was allegedly punched “so forcefully he was left with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain”. It is understood he remains under police guard at St Vincent’s Hospital.
His friend, a 25-year-old Nepalese man, is currently in police custody. Based on the police statement and 9News report, it is understood he “has been charged with affray, and reckless wounding after it’s alleged he slashed at the men with a box-cutter”.
The incident occurred when the two Nepalese men had an argument with two brothers while crossing path near George Street. The brother duo were also arrested following the brawl but have since been granted bail.
The 21-year-old brother was charged with affray and recklessly inflict grievous bodily harm after it was alleged he punched the 22-year-old Nepalese man “in the head, knocking him to the ground and causing head injuries”.
With their rising population in the country, specially in Sydney region, Nepalese students are increasingly finding themselves at court as they get involved in brawls much to the frustration of concerned leaders of the tight-knit migrant community.
Coordinator of Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) NSW Chapter, Nanda Gurung, for instance, is urging young international students from the Himalayan nation to “stay away from trouble” as they take up higher studies in Australia.
“Our community in general has a very good reputation here but with the number of migrants and international students increasing everyday we are hearing about more and more youths getting into trouble. My message to today’s youths is simple: control emotions, forget ego, respect each other. Life is too short and precious,” Mr Gurung urged young men and women from the South Asian nation.
“A night out is fun – not trouble,” he warned, “Also law here in Australia is tough, one moment of madness can ruin your life and others too”.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.