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New dad left for dead by carjackers

Man carjacked and bashed in Box Hill South1:22

A man is in critical condition after being carjacked and bashed in Box Hill South. Courtesy: Seven News

The carjacking victim in hospital. Pictures: Supplied

Sophie SmithHerald Sun

THE wife of a man left fighting for life after being savagely attacked in a carjacking in Melbourne’s east is terrified she will have to raise their month-old baby girl alone.

The woman, who asked not to be identified out of fear, put on a brave face at the Royal Melbourne Hospital where her husband remained in a critical condition.

“He’s fighting hard to get back to us,” she said.

He was rushed to Box Hill hospital before being transferred to the Royal Melbourne. Pictures: Supplied

He was rushed to Box Hill hospital before being transferred to the Royal Melbourne. Pictures: SuppliedSource:Supplied

The 32-year-old father was on his way to collect his wife from work when he was attacked and rendered unconscious by at least two men on Massey St, Box Hill South, about 6pm Saturday.

The assailants – who remain at large – stole the father’s black 2013 Honda CRV, registration ZRK-896, and left him for dead on a nature strip outside a residential property.

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The victim suffered facial and head injuries and was taken to Box Hill Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

He was moved later when his state was elevated to critical.

The man’s partner described him as the “perfect husband” and a “really good guy”.

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“I don’t know what my future will look like because I’m a new mum but if I lost my husband, I have no idea. It’s really terrible. He’s the whole world to me,” she said.

Authorities were unable to provide a description of the violent thugs.

Witnesses have told police one of the men involved in the attack fled the scene in another vehicle. It’s understood a baby seat from the stolen sedan was discarded in Box Hill South.

The victim’s wife believes the attack in what was described as a quiet, residential street, was random. “But the guys who did this they were prepared, they chose the right time because there is no one on the street,” she said. “God will punish them.”

The man was last night still in intensive care but his condition had improved and he was taken out of an induced coma. “He can move his left hand, which means the damage is not permanent,” his wife said.

The assault and robbery has left the 31-year-old mother shaken.

She met her husband in China and followed him to Australia after he moved nine years ago.

“I see Australia as a safe country but this happened, and it’s happened to me, so really a surprise and I still can’t accept that,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers via 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

sophie.smith@news.com.au

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