Vicious Sydney bashing horrifies family
Carly Crawford in New York
The Daily Telegraph
March 11, 2010
THE Canadian family of the wheelchair-bound man allegedly bashed with a metal bar in an unprovoked attack at a Sydney railway station is stunned by its brutality.
Shellan Proden, the mother of the victim, was horrified to learn that two teens had allegedly hit her 35-year-old son with metal bars before running off with his wheelchair in the 11pm assault on Tuesday.
"I can't believe a human being would do that to someone else," Ms Proden said."It's like a savage."
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Relatives later told The Daily Telegraph the family was considering a mercy dash to Australia as the man recovers from his skull fracture at Sydney's Westmead Hospital.
"I just want him home," Ms Proden said."I just want him home and safe,
"I just want to see him."
She has asked that her son's name not be released.
He has been confined to a wheelchair since a snowmobile accident in 2000.In a tragic twist, his father was also killed in a snowmobile crash that year.
The attack, which has made headlines worldwide, happened at the Mt Druitt railway station on Tuesday.
Two youths allegedly bashed the man in the face, striking him with parts of his wheelchair as he lay helpless on the ground in a sickening assault that lasted up to five minutes.
Two boys, aged 15 and 16, have been charged with robbery and assault offences.
The man's Australian girlfriend, Kristin Sharrock, is wracked with guilt.
"He's been through a lot in his life and he doesn't deserve what's happened," she told a Canadian TV network.
"I'm sick to my stomach. He came out here for me and he ended up in hospital. And to think that he could have died."
The victim had been waiting at the station after going out to watch a Canadian band play in Sydney's suburbs.
Some members of the group, Doc Walker, were mates with the victim.
"The band is certainly saddened by the turn of events and we're still trying to find out more details ourselves," band manager Ron Kitchener said.
"The band are aware ... and are obviously concerned about his health."