Xavier old boys from prominent family charged over brutal finals assault
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Xavier old boys from prominent family charged over brutal finals assault

Two sons of a Melbourne QC have been charged over a vicious beating in East Melbourne after the Richmond-Hawthorn qualifying final on Thursday night.

Former Xavier College students Dominic Walker and his brother Sam Walker, now aged in their 20s, were arrested on Friday night along with another man. The trio were charged with intentionally causing injury and recklessly causing injury and bailed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court in December.

The Walker brothers are the sons of Tim Walker, QC, and grandsons of preeminent scientist and 2000 Australian of the Year Sir Gustav Nossal.

A spokesman for the family said they were not able to comment as the matter was still under police investigation.

“We have every confidence Victoria Police will obtain all relevant evidence, including all available CCTV footage,” he said.

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“We ask the media to respect our family’s right to privacy.”

One of the men was punched at least 16 times.

One of the men was punched at least 16 times.

Photo: Victoria Police Media

The alleged assault took place after the qualifying final on Thursday night as two groups of men walked from the MCG game.

Police said there had been some “banter” between the men before it turned physical.

The two alleged victims, a 45-year-old from Mount Evelyn and a 61-year-old from Rosebud, ran and hid in a laneway.

But the two men were set upon when they tried to catch a taxi on Wellington Parade, detectives allege.

Graphic footage filmed on the mobile phone of a bystander showed one of the men lying on the roadside as he was stomped on and punched at least 16 times in the head by a man wearing a Richmond Tigers beanie. The footage also shows two other men continually punching his friend, who was lying on the road behind him.

The two older men were hospitalised, one with a broken arm and another with facial injuries, including a fractured cheek bone.

The suspected aggressors shown in the footage ran from the scene.

A 27-year-old and 24-year-old, both of Fitzroy North, and a 27-year-old, from East Melbourne, will face court on December 4.