Grandfather, 71, suffers a filthy black eye after being attacked by a gang of drunken thugs who cruelly struck him as he raised his fruit standard
- Elderly market stall owner struck by violent drunken crooks in unprovoked attack
- Happened while Sam Baldacchino settled for markets in Mandurah
- Images of the confrontation show that men steal and damage fresh produce
- Suffered from a black eye and cut deep in the cheek and was lucky not to lose his eyesight
Sam Baldacchino feared that he had lost his eyesight after being attacked by drunken gangsters
An elderly grandfather almost lost his eyesight when he was attacked by violent villains in a cruel and unprovoked attack.
Sam Baldacchino, 71, founded his fruit and vegetable stall at the Smart Street Markets in Mandurah, south of Perth, when he was confronted with a group of drunk men on Saturday morning at four o'clock in the morning.
Mr. Baldacchino's partner began filming the ugly confrontation when the men cursed him.
The disturbing images show that one of the men is stealing a watermelon, which is torn to pieces when it is kicked on the floor, while Mr. Baldacchino's partner yells at the group to stop.
Part of the confrontation was captured by Mr Baldacchino's partner, including the moment a man steals a watermelon from his stall and kicks him over the floor (photo)
Not recorded in the images is the moment that a man hurls an apple at Mr. Baldacchino, which hits him in the head.
& # 39; I stumbled and then lay down on the floor and then hit me & # 39 ;, Baldacchino told Seven news.
& # 39; It's just crazy, this is absolutely (a) shame. & # 39;
The group then fled the scene.
The men drank in a nearby bar prior to the incident.
With a black eye and a deep cut in his right cheek, the attack did not stop Baldacchino from returning to the market a few hours later to run his stall.
Doctors told him that he was lucky that he had not lost sight of one eye.
His customers in the weekly markets went to social media to express their aversion to the attack.
& # 39; This is terrible, he is such a sweet man and their products have always been fantastic when I brought it, & # 39; said a woman on Facebook.
Another addition: & # 39; I have known Sam for years, he is hard at work, what a sad news. & # 39;
Western Australia Police are now investigating the attack on Smart Street Markets (photo)
Baldacchino is now planning to protect himself with pepper spray as he sets up his stable in the future.
& # 39; I'm sorry, we've had enough of this. We can't take it anymore, & said a distraught Mr. Baldacchino.
Western Australia The police are investigating and encouraging everyone with information to come forward.
No costs have been incurred yet.
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