A Bullsbrook father was repeatedly struck in the face and head with a metal bar by a stranger in an attack in Caversham that police suspect was triggered by road rage.
As Rod recovered in Royal Perth Hospital yesterday – where he is being treated for a fractured skull and gashes to his face, head and left hand – he is still struggling to comprehend how driving too slowly as he took off from traffic lights sparked such a brutal assault.
“I didn’t do anything wrong… jeez, I drove 5km under the speed limit… there’s no need for that,” he said. “What is that drastic that you have to take a metal bar to somebody.”
The 43-year-old had just dropped his daughter at school on Wednesday morning and was driving on West Swan Road when he said a silver Commodore pulled in front of him and the passenger threw a carton of milk at his utility.
The two occupants motioned him to pull over on the roadside near the Caversham Store and Rod says he stupidly did.
He claimed when he got out of his ute, the passenger of the Commodore set upon him with a metal bar, striking him first above the right eye before repeatedly bashing him about the head.
“It was purely an attack on the head to cause and inflict as much damage as he can,” Rod claimed.
Rod managed to kick the driver in the hip to keep him away but as his attention was diverted, the armed man struck several blows to the back of his head.
“I’ve dropped to the ground and this guy has gone to town,” he said.
Rod said he did not think the assailant would have stopped the brutal attack if two men at the nearby shop had not intervened.
He thanked them for their bravery and said he felt fortunate to have escaped worse injuries.
But he said he was glad the assailants had targeted him rather than an elderly or more vulnerable person.
“This guy was set to do harm that day,” he claimed.
Police have charged an 18-year-old from Ellenbrook over the attack.
Anyone who saw what happened or has dashcam is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.