Sickening moment a massive brawl between 15 people erupts outside busy pub leaving young man, 23, fighting for life
- Three men have been arrested and one man is in hospital after a brawl in Sydney
- The brawl occurred outside Oxford Tavern on Saturday and involved 15 people
- Confronting footage shows several men punching each other outside the venue
- Evander Tuala, 23, was hit in the head during the fight and struck the ground
Disturbing footage has emerged of a massive brawl outside a busy pub which allegedly left a young man fighting for life.
In the clip, which was captured outside the Oxford Tavern in Darlinghurst, Sydney, on Saturday morning, multiple men can be seen shoving and punching each other.
Evander Tuala, 23, from Fairfield allegedly suffered head injuries during the melee and is in a critical condition at St Vincent’s Hospital.
A young man is in a critical condition and three people have been charged following a bloody brawl that spilled out onto Oxford Street in Sydney. Confronting footage filmed by a witness shows several men punching each other outside the venue
He was allegedly hit in the head during the fight and knocked unconscious after striking the ground.
Tuala’s aunt, Niu Tuala, wrote a moving tribute dedicated to her ‘sweet’ nephew on social media on Sunday.
‘You came into this world and brought so much love into our family,’ she said.
‘Now you’ve left us broken. You were stolen from us like a thief in the night.’
Police said the brawl happened 12.36am outside the Oxford Tavern after two groups of men were told to leave the venue by security.
‘We understand there’s two different groups. The young man who is fighting for his life is from the western suburbs of Sydney, Fairfield way… And we understand the other group is from the eastern beaches area. They weren’t known to each other, to our understanding, prior to this incident,’ Superintendent Duncan said.
‘We do understand that both groups were in a licensed premises, there was a very minor incident and security ejected them, and as a result of that a brawl broke out outside the premises.’
Three eastern beaches men – aged 20, 20 and 18 – have been arrested. Keidan Donovan-Phillips, 20, and Byron Brown-Yeo, 19, remain in custody after their lawyers did not seek bail during a hearing in Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday.
Superintendent Duncan said homicide detectives had been involved in a consultancy role, but ‘obviously we’re treating this as a potential homicide’.
‘This is a serious assault… [We’re] trying to identify the other parties involved and investigate further so charges can be made,’ he said.
Evander Tuala (pictured), 23, is fighting for his life in hospital after he was allegedly hit in the head during a 15-person brawl in Sydney and knocked unconscious after striking the ground
Police confirmed that Tuala had suffered critical head injuries after his head struck the ground during the brawl. He is currently in a critical condition in hospital
Det Duncan has called on witnesses to assist with the investigation.
‘At the moment I’m calling for witnesses after a serious assault that occurred in the early hours of yesterday morning at Surry Hills,’ he said.
Det Supt Duncan said there would have been multiple witnesses, including hotel patrons, and urged anyone who either saw or took part in the brawl to come forward.