A 17-year-old boy is fighting for life after being knocked unconscious during a violent street brawl in Perth on Friday night.
Student Kuol Akut was taken to the Royal Perth Hospital in a critical condition, after being savagely beaten during a brawl, involving up to 250 teenagers.
Police say the fight broke out as a large group of people left an 18th birthday party on Hainsworth Avenue at about 11.20pm.
During the brawl, up to 250 teenagers spilled out on to the street brandishing knives, poles and baseball bats.
Witnesses say the teenage victim was crawling on all fours in a desperate attempt to get away from his attackers but the group continued to beat him for at least 20 minutes.
“I could hear it, the thumping sounds and that,” one witness told 7 News.
Local resident Aaron Boudville added that there were mobs of people and noted a car had also ploughed into the crowd.
“This one car come over and hit them all like it was ten-pin bowling.”
Officers from the response group, dog squad and regional operations group flooded the area where Mr Akut was found unconscious on a footpath near Hainsworth Park.
He was taken by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital with head injuries, where he remains in a critical condition.
Mr Akut is understood to be a Sudanese refugee who came to Australia with his family who wanted to offer him, and his sister a better life away from the war in their own country.
The party is understood to have been advertised on social media and involved up to 100 gatecrashers.
The girl who held the party told 7 News that she had tried to ensure it was a safe event by banning alcohol and employing a security guard.
However empty goon-bags and other alcohol containers found on the street suggest these measured didn’t work.
The 18-year-old said she was disappointed that the brawl erupted from her party and said she knew it started there because ‘there was no other party that was on’.
Police are reviewing CCTV of the assault and are asking anyone with information about the brawl to contact Crimestoppers, 1800 333 000.