Victoria

Four teenagers wanted for homophobic bashing in St Kilda

Police have released an image of a young man wanted over a vicious homophobic bashing in St Kilda.

Danny Levi Bryce-Maurice was brutally bashed while celebrating a friend's birthday in St Kilda Botanical Gardens with his husband James on Saturday, January 9.

Danny Levi Bryce-Maurice says he was attacked by four men in St Kilda and savagely beaten.
Danny Levi Bryce-Maurice says he was attacked by four men in St Kilda and savagely beaten.  

The North Melbourne model and designer, who co-owns a Prahran hair salon, had walked away from his friend's picnic to go to the public toilet block near Herbert Street.

As he entered the toilet block, Mr Bryce-Maurice encountered four men who began to hurl homophobic taunts at him.

"The verbal abuse started as soon as they noticed me," he said, recalling that one of the men called him "faggot freak" and said: "This is the men's toilet, not the the ladies, f----ing faggot, get the f--- out of here!"

As he left the toilet block, Mr Bryce-Maurice said the four men were waiting for him and blocked his path.

He said that when he tried to pass, he was elbowed in the face by one of men.

A likeness of man police wish to speak to over a homophobic attack in St Kilda Botanical Gardens.

A likeness of man police wish to speak to over a homophobic attack in St Kilda Botanical Gardens.

Mr Bryce-Maurice described how he was repeatedly punched and kicked  while he lay on the ground.

"They started punching and kicking me repeatedly to the face, head, and finally my body," he said. 

"It was relentless. I could not defend myself."

Danny Levi Bryce-Maurice suffered a broken nose in the assualt and spent the night in hospital.

Danny Levi Bryce-Maurice suffered a broken nose in the assault and spent the night in hospital.

Police have four suspects in the attack, three men and a woman, all described as being about 19.

The facial composite image released by police is of the first offender, described as 172cms tall and having a Caucasian appearance with sandy, blond shoulder length hair.

Daniel Bryce-Maurice is appealing for help to locate his attackers after he was bashed in St Kilda last month.

Danny Bryce-Maurice is appealing for help to locate his attackers after he was bashed in St Kilda last month. Photo: Jason South

"Every Victorian has the right to feel safe and secure in the community and Victoria Police will not tolerate any attempts to incite hatred or violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity," Victoria Police said in a statement.

Anyone with information about the assault can call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.