A GAY man was viciously assaulted twice in his own suburb — first by a group of seven people, before being bashed by another man who had supposedly come to his aid.
Dylan Souster, 22, says he thought he would die and is now terrified to leave his Waterloo unit after being attacked in the apparent hate crimes twice after 1am on Sunday.
He was punched and kicked until he was unconscious by a group on McEvoy St and woke up at Waterloo Oval.
As he staggered home, a man offered to help him. When he got to the unit and told the man his boyfriend was upstairs the man called him a “queer c**t” and punched him the face.
Mr Souster said he had “never been so scared in my life”.
“I’ve experienced verbal homophobic abuse in Sydney while alone and with my partner but never anything physical. I’m terrified to leave my apartment now,” he said.
“The first attack was a complete blur. I was literally across the road from my apartment when I went to turn around and walk home, after realizing that my friends had left and got into a taxi or walked, I just remember being hit in the face by a male.
“After this I don’t know if I ran towards the oval in shock to get away or whether he forced me there but I remember waking up in the oval being kicked and punched all over my body by a group of males.
The Irishman said he was targeted because of his sexual preference.
“I don’t know if it was because I am gay but to look at me, you’d know I am gay,” he said.
“The guy that tried to help me seemed genuine as he walked me within 50m of my apartment. It was only when he asked what had happened and I mentioned my boyfriend that he freaked out and said ‘you’re one of those fags ya f**king queer c**t’ then he turned on me and hit me into the face full force.
“I then ran home thinking he was following but he had turned away and ran. I’ve been having nightmares of feet coming towards my face and waking me up. My injuries include: Two burst lips, an overly swollen jaw, two black eyes, cuts to my forehead, cheeks and massive bruising on my head. I honestly thought I was going to die in that oval.
“I’ve never been so scared in my life. Hopefully the people that done this will be caught so that it can’t happen to anyone else.”
He said female members of the group told the males to leave Mr Souster alone during the first attack and he urged them to go to the police.
“It’s horrible, I wish I was there, he’s defenceless and now terrified,” he said.
“He was going home when he met this guy who helped him and then didn’t help him. He didn’t like the fact he was gay.”
The couple moved from Ireland three years ago and Mr Hedderman said the pair had been the subject of homophobic taunts in the Waterloo area previously.
In a separate incident, police say was unrelated, two men attacked another two men at 4.45am on Saturday on Elizabeth Street, between, Devonshire and Cooper Sts, Surry Hills.
One of the pair apparently taunted the other by saying “stop looking so gay” which prompted the fight.
“The occurrence of two bias-related assaults over one weekend is not common, and of concern to police,” NSW Police Spokesman on Sexuality and Gender Diversity, Superintendent Tony Crandell, said.
“With the Mardi Gras season upon us, and with larger numbers of people visiting Sydney’s inner suburbs, help police to keep you safe by being aware of your surroundings at all times and calling triple-0 if you feel under threat.”