Hunt for trio over New Year train station attack
Police search for a group of people who bashed a man at a train station in Melbourne's south-east early on New Year's Day.PT0M42S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2cfhf 620 349 January 9, 2013
POLICE are searching for a group wanted over a brutal attack at a train station in Melbourne's south-east early on New Year's Day.
Two men and a woman are believed to have assaulted a 33-year-old man after he left a train at Moorabbin station about 1am on January 1.
Detectives from the transit crime investigation unit said the trio followed the victim from the train and along the ramp off the platforms.
Police have released CCTV images of three people wanted over the Moorabbin train station attack. Photo: Victoria Police
The men then bashed him in the head and upper body while the woman looked on, police said.
The attackers stopped and allowed the man to leave the station. But his relief was short-lived.
The trio continued to follow him and bashed him again on Station Street before returning to the station to catch a train to Chelsea, police said.
Detective Senior Constable Scott Richards, of the transit crime investigation unit, said the bashing was captured on security cameras at the train station.
He believed an argument earlier in the morning had sparked the assault.
Senior Constable Richards said the trio delayed the train's departure at Flinders Street by holding the doors open.
The victim then spoke to the group, which accused him of pushing the woman.
''He maintains that this did not happen,'' Senior Constable Richards said.
The police officer said the assault was distressing, considering the attackers followed the victim off the train and returned to the station to catch another train.
''It was New Year morning so alcohol possibly could have been involved,'' he said.
The trio delayed another train at Chelsea about 1.45am, again by holding open the doors.
''It seems their behaviour was pretty stupid,'' Senior Constable Richards said.
Police are appealing for witnesses and have released the security footage of three people with whom they want to speak.
Each of the members of the group is described as white, and all are believed to be aged in their early 20s.
One of the men is of medium build, with short blond or brown hair and was wearing a white collared shirt, blue jeans and white shoes.
The second man is described as thin, with brown messy hair. At the time, he was wearing a black suit, a black T-shirt and black shoes.
The woman is of medium build with long brown hair. She was wearing a pink singlet, a blue skirt and purple thongs, and was carrying a large handbag.
People with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.