Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Chris O'Neill bashed at Toorak's Heyington train station

| 17.06,19. 01:44 PM |


Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Chris O'Neill bashed at Toorak's Heyington train station

Police say they have identified two young men who allegedly launched an unprovoked attack on a senior Victorian police officer near a train station in Melbourne's inner-east.

The bashing occurred about 5:30pm on Saturday in the grounds of St Kevin's College, near the Heyington railway station in Toorak.

Transit and Public Safety Command Assistant Commissioner Chris O'Neill was the victim of the attack, in which he was kicked and punched in the head and chest.

The 60-year-old remained in hospital on Monday morning with two fractured ribs, and was undergoing tests for head injuries and possible kidney damage.

Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill told ABC Radio Melbourne his colleague was likely to be in hospital for some time.

He said the attack, which was not captured on CCTV, occurred after two men in their late teens were removed from a Glen Waverley train by authorised transit officers.

"Their antisocial behaviour included vomiting and urinating in the carriage, so they were as I understand, evicted from the train at Heyington and that's where, unfortunately, Chris crossed paths with two of them," Assistant Commissioner Hill said.

He said it was still not clear whether the men, who appeared to be drunk or drug-affected, knew the victim of the assault was a senior police officer.

They both fled the scene immediately after the attack.

"We've had conversations with Chris but you can understand with the extent of his injuries we've only got some scant details," he said.

"I do not believe he's introduced himself as a member of Victoria Police but that still will be revealed as the investigation proceeds."

He said police had made contact with the suspects' families and expected to arrest them soon, but urged them to turn themselves in first.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers.

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