9. Aug, 2020

Hello, Yes You ... Spare a Moment?

For those of you that haven’t yet grasped the fact that our society is in serious decay – and I mean serious decay - allow me to lead you through a story I have been following since it first broke early last week. It sickened me as I followed its development.

I first heard about it on NCA NewsWire at 1635 hrs on Monday 3 August when Court Reporter, Heath Parkes-Hupton, described:

‘A man lay unconscious while a private schoolboy allegedly “carved up” his face with a knife, leaving him with permanent injuries so severe he lost an eye, a court has heard.

‘The teenager, who police allege was wearing a mask and gloves as he slashed at the man‘s face in a “sadistic” torture in inner-city Sydney on Friday night, was refused bail at a children’s court after being on the run for two days.

‘He faces a maximum 25 years in jail if found guilty of a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.’

The Australian picked up the story the following day [Tuesday 4th]   Man loses eye after teen allegedly ‘carved up’ his face in Pyrmont stabbing[1].

‘Five teenagers have now been arrested over the incident after the alleged stabber and a 16-year-old boy were arrested at a house in the Ryde area on Sunday.

‘Magistrate Michael Love described police facts tendered to court on Monday as “quite disturbing”, saying much of the incident had been caught on mobile phone footage.

‘The court was told up to 10 young people were staying in an Airbnb in Pyrmont when about seven of them ran outside, allegedly set upon the man and beat him unconscious.

‘Witnesses reported seeing one of the youths with a “silver object” in his left hand before he allegedly started slashing and “slowly carved up” the man’s face, the court was told.

‘A co-accused had identified the boy, who attends “prestigious” Sydney private school Barker College in Hornsby, as the one wielding the knife in mobile phone footage, the court was told.

The ABC weighed in the following day [5th]:

‘Nine schoolboys charged over "a vile, horrific" attack of a man in inner Sydney last week allegedly "gloated" about the crime in a WhatsApp group chat, a court has heard.

The court heard the victim's eye will likely need to be removed; Police prosecutor Kai Jiang said the "complainant will be traumatised for life". It's alleged the group also discussed plans to avoid arrest on WhatsApp

‘Magistrate Jeffrey Hogg said the alleged stabbing in Pyrmont on Friday had left the 36-year-old victim, Brett Halcro, with "injuries that are extraordinarily severe and life-changing".[2]

The story continued the following day [6th] with Aneeka Simonis, of the Herald Sun, writing:

‘The family of a Melbourne dad left blinded and in a coma after he was allegedly stabbed by a gang of boastful private school boys say he was “completely innocent”.

‘Brett Halcro, 36, was in Sydney helping renovate his father’s home when he was stabbed in the eye and had his face slashed open at least seven times in Pyrmont on Friday night.

‘Nine teenagers from some of Sydney’s most elite private schools have been arrested over what police believe was a “planned and targeted attack”.[3]

Now this by any measure is a vicious, maniacal attack. I want to make the point that this was not committed by low life trash, it was not committed by immigrants, it was not committed by a single crazed over the top prime-nutter. This was committed by a gang of relatively affluent private school boys who for whatever reasons decided to get their jollies by carving up an innocent passer-by.

Do you still remain unconvinced that our society is becoming increasingly dysfunctional? So do you really think it is going to get any better of its own accord? Do you, in your advancing years, consider yourself to be totally safe in public, or come to that, at home?

Well, what are you going to do about it? Buy yourself another set of Laura Ashley curtains so you can’t see what’s going on outside! Yeah – that’ll fix it!

You, Me, We – all of us - have a civic duty to stand up and say NO!

We have a civic duty to stand up and say: We’ve had a Curly Gutful of this Bloody Nonsense. We have to stand up to our damn politicians, tell them – remember they’re dumb lazy bastards, that we want action on drugs, we want schools to provide a safe environment wherein children are taught properly;  that we want safety in our  streets and we want consistency in our laws and sentencing. Oh! The idea of Justice would be nice too!

Above all, we need to let the police know that we support them.

Now, here’s the rub - if You, Me, We don’t do this – then we are the problem. We are as guilty as the knife-wielding nutter because we kept our silence….!



[1] https://www.theaustralian.com.au/breaking-news/man-loses-eye-after-horrific-stabbing-in-sydney/news-story/5bb48368bda06dcc576fc7bb8114ca15

[2] https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-05/boys-allegedly-gloated-about-pyrmont-attack/12526806

[3] https://www.heraldsun.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts/melbourne-dad-brett-halcro-completely-innocent-in-horrific-pyrmont-attack/news-story/3b2f88d8f6e014bace8e9e6025a510f6