DRAYTON man Colin Whant has been forced to reconsider the street safety of the hamlet to Toowoomba's south after he was savagely bashed just a block from his home.
Mr Whant works three jobs to support his family and had been enjoying his first weekend off in six weeks.
By his own admission, he drank too much alcohol while relaxing at home and went for a walk to "clear his head" about 2.30am, Sunday, May 15.
As he strolled toward the corner of Cambooya and Parker Sts he noticed what appeared to be a group of young teenage girls.
"I heard a bit of yahooing and calling out so I turned to go the other way," Mr Whant said.
"Then I heard them calling me a 'paedophile' and a 'white 'c***' and a 'dirty old man'.
"One of them said she was going to call her brother and I just kept walking.
"I heard a couple of them running up behind me.
"One of them was swinging a bottle of vodka or something trying to hit me.
"I turned and there was who I believe was the brother and they started getting stuck into me."
Mr Whant was knocked to the ground, punched, kicked and struck with a bottle.
His attackers even closed his hoodie over his face so he couldn't see who was assaulting him.
However, he believes the girls were about 13 or 14 years of age with the man in his late teens.
Despite the yelling from the group, only one person in the neighbourhood came out to see what was happening.
"She spoke to them and then just went back inside," Mr Whant said.
"I called the ambulance myself and fortunately someone had already called police."
Mr Whant was treated for a dislocated jaw, broken nose and multiple bruises, and he has possible nerve damage in his shoulder.
He was also left with a large boot mark on his back.
Because of the extent of his injuries, Mr Whant was unable to work any of his jobs last week but was hoping to return today to see if he could work.
The incident has shaken Mr Whant's faith in the little community of Drayton, which many treat more as a country town than an outer suburb of Toowoomba.
"You should be able to walk in your own neighbourhood without being bashed," he said.
"Particularly in Drayton where everybody knows everybody.
"Kids should not be out on the streets at that time of night anyway, let alone drinking."
Mr Whant said he believed the teenagers had been bragging about the bashing on Facebook.
Drayton police are investigating the incident.
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