RedStar football player Louis Hadfield attacked by four unidentified men in Scarborough, Perth
The mother of a teenage footballer who was brutally beaten on his way home from dinner with friends has revealed how scared he was to go out in public.
Louis Hadfield, 17, was walking in Scarborough, a seaside suburb in west Perth, around midnight on Saturday when he was attacked by four unidentified men.
The four men brutally attacked Louis without provocation, leaving him with a bulging disc, sprained ligaments and a spinal splint.
Louis is the second member of his Perth RedStar football team to be the target of a random attack in recent years.
His mother, Claudine Hadfield, called the attack “senseless”.
Louis Hadfield (above) was attacked by four unidentified people on Saturday
“(I) got a phone call from one of the girls who said, ‘You have to come now, Lou is really bad, he’s covered in blood, he’s been attacked,'” she said. . Nine News.
Disturbing CCTV footage shows the men getting out of a passing car and walking towards Louis.
The brutal attack is hidden from the camera by a nearby fence.
Police described one of the men as having dark skin and dreadlocks. Western Australian Police believe they drove a white Volkswagen Tiguan.
The 17-year-old now faces a four-week recovery from the attack, taking him out of this year’s football season.
The attack comes two years after fellow Perth RedStars player Danny Hodgson was attacked outside a Perth train station in September 2021.
During the attack, he fell backwards and suffered severe head trauma.
Mr Hodgson spent nearly 100 days in intensive care, including his 26th birthday, and is still suffering from seizures and brain damage.
The four men got out of a passing car to attack Louis, leaving him with a bulging disc, sprained ligaments and a spinal splint (pictured, CCTV footage of the men)
Ms Hadfield hopes Louis’ physical recovery will be quick so he can continue playing football, but admitted the psychological effects of the attack will take longer to heal.
“He’s going to live in fear of this happening and he shouldn’t be. At 17, he should be happy to be out,” she said.
“We are quite shocked that this can still happen in Perth. It has to stop.
No arrests were made with police searching for a white Volkswagen Tiguan.