Sasha Tostevin is now out of an induced coma but his long-term prognosis is not yet certain. Photo: Facebook
The father of a talented Perth musician injured in a one-punch assault wants the attacker to call him directly so he can convey the gravity of his crime.
John Tostevin made an impassioned plea on Monday for public information to help catch the man responsible for the attack that left his son Sacha in a coma in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
Police said the 29-year-old Kingsley man was punched in Hay St, Subiaco about 12.20am on Saturday morning. He was knocked unconscious and his attacker fled with a group of people.
Sacha has awoken from an induced coma and is now out of intensive care. He remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.
John Tostevin said although his son's recovery had been encouraging, he did not yet know the full extent of any long-term damage.
He said one-punch assaults were a growing community concern and physical violence was not the way to resolve disagreements.
“Resolving issues like this is just not on. It’s just not the way that people should be living,” Mr Tostevin told 6PR radio.
“I’m a peaceful person...I hate violence, I abhor it. You just don’t resolve any sort of issue that you might have with violence like this. If you have a problem with someone, you talk about it.
“There are two sides to every story and I’d be interested to hear the side of the person who threw the punch or anyone in that group...Just to hear what their side of the story is, why they think they need to do this sort of thing and also why they would walk away from someone who is unconscious on the ground rather than give assistance to this person.
“This is actually probably just as scary as throwing the punch in the first place, for that number of people to walk away leaving someone unconscious on the ground.
“I can only imagine that they’re not very intelligent people. I place a lot of importance on intelligence and for this sort of thing to happen, they’re obviously not very intelligent, they’re not very caring, they only think about themselves.”
Mr Tostevin described his son as a creative mind and a talented musician, who is a pianist and lead guitarist with the band The Silence In-Between.
“Right from his childhood he demonstrated lots of skill at music and he’s quite a brilliant chess player. He beat me at chess very early in the piece," he said.
He praised the help of a man who rendered assistance to Sacha in the wake of the attack, as well as the care given by police and ambulance officers.
CCTV captured the images of three men and two women at the time of the assault. Police are seeking information about the identity of the people and have called for them to turn themselves into police.
One of the women was wearing a bright yellow dress while the other had a white top and tight black pants.
Anyone with information about their identities is urged to call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.