Suliman Suliman and Khaled Haddara: Two men plead guilty to cowardly punching attack that left victim unable to move, speak or swallow a year after ordeal
Two men have pleaded guilty to a cowardly punch attack that left the victim unable to move his head, eyes, speak or swallow, a year after the attack.
Suliman Suliman and Khaled Haddara appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged over the attack which left Kevin Vidovic, 25, disabled for life.
The court was shown video of Suliman punching Mr Vidovic from behind before delivering the final blow which caused him to collapse and smash his head on the floor. Sun Herald reported.
Mr Vidovic suffered “truly catastrophic” consequences following the attack, which led to two subdural brain haemorrhages, the court was told.
Haddara was also seen in footage from the early hours of October 30, 2022, trying to punch Mr Vidovic.
Suliman pleaded guilty to recklessly causing serious injury, affray and two counts of assault and will appear at the County Court on May 14 next year.
Haddara pleaded guilty to affray and assault and will appear in court again on November 15.
A man has pleaded guilty to a cowardly punch attack that left Kevin Vidovic (pictured) unable to move his head or eyes, speak or swallow a year after the attack.
Mr Vidovic (pictured) suffered “truly catastrophic” consequences from the assault, which led to two subdural brain haemorrhages, a court heard
A medical report indicates that Mr Vidovic is “likely to have a short life expectancy, slow and incomplete recovery over many years without ever being fully functional again.”
The Springvale man will also need “full assistance in all aspects of life”.
A witness said Mr Vidovic tried to defend himself before the cowardly punch knocked him down.
“(Mr Vidovic’s) eyes rolled back and he fell straight into the concrete, hitting his head.
“That’s when I heard a splashing sound and I thought Kevin was dead,” the witness said.
Two of the victim’s friends were also injured in the brawl at Riverside Quay and required facial surgery.
“A family has lost their son, the son they knew,” said Magistrate Malcolm Thomas.
Suliman Suliman is pictured leaving Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to a series of charges.
Khaled Haddara (pictured) pleaded guilty to affray and assault charges relating to the incident.
Mr. Vidovic’s family, some of whose members came from Poland and Croatia to accompany him, began a GoFundMe page to help cover his medical expenses.
His father, Ilija Vidovic, wrote on the fundraising page that “Kevin is a 25-year-old boy whose life almost ended due to a brutal and unprovoked punch to the back of his head. face of a coward during a quiet dinner in Melbourne”. ‘.
“The surgeons and doctors at the hospital quickly operated on Kevin and relieved his brain swelling by removing a large part of his skull,” Ilija wrote, explaining the medical treatment his son underwent.
As of Tuesday evening, the fundraiser had raised more than $30,000 to help the family.