Thurgoona man requires surgery after being punched, kicked in the head

A THURGOONA man has been left requiring facial surgery after a teen kicked and punched him in the head as he lay on the ground of a shopping plaza’s carpark.

Three male teens confronted the 21-year-old at the Thurgoona Plaza before one of them, 16, hit him so hard he fell to the ground at about 8.30pm yesterday.

From there, the 16-year-old continued his vicious assault as the other teens, 16 and 18, prevented a witness from intervening.

The man was rushed to Albury Base Hospital with fractures, swelling and cuts to his face.

Albury Police Inspector David Cottee said the man required surgery at a major hospital, other than Albury, and ongoing treatment.

Insp Cottee said he didn’t believe alcohol had been a factor.

Albury detectives are investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to phone Albury Police on 02 6023 9299 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.