Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Thugs Take Photo of Student They Bashed

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Thugs Take Photo of Student They Bashed

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Byline: Patrick Williams

MALICIOUS and twisted assailants took a photo of a Tweed Heads student so they would have "something to remember him by" after leaving him bloodied outside Coolangatta Police Station.

Sachin Surendran, 22, said he fears for his safety after being attacked by two men last Tuesday about 10.30pm while using a pay phone in McLean Street, across the road from the police station.

After being bashed and robbed, Mr Surendran fled to the station looking for help.

But he was chased down and dragged into the connecting car park where he was bashed with a tree branch, stabbed in the face with his own car key and threatened with his life in an attack that left him with five stitches around his right eye.

"They made me sit down after they first bashed me and took a photo of my face with their mobile phone," Mr Surendran said.

"One of them said it was so they would have something to remember what I look like so they could kill me if I went to the police."

The Southern Cross University student said the thought of a commemorative photo of his bashing was a haunting act.

"I am very scared about what they did and said. I can't believe something like this happened outside a police station," he said.

Mr Surendran was on the pay phone to his mother in Kerala, India, at the time when the two men approached him and demanded his money.

"I just looked at them because they were standing around acting strange and they then asked if I wanted to get 'dropped'. I told them I didn't want any trouble," he said.

Mr Surendran surrendered $400 from his wallet, his mobile phone and his ATM card as well as the PIN number before they ripped his sentimental gold chain from his neck.

"When I gave them the PIN number they didn't believe it was real. That's when they both began to bash me and I tried to run to the police station," he said. …

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