Man left for dead after horror Corrimal attack

Jackson Crinis is receiving treatment at Wollongong Hospital in the aftermath of the attack. Crime Stoppers:1800 333 000. Picture: supplied

Jackson Crinis is receiving treatment at Wollongong Hospital in the aftermath of the attack. Crime Stoppers:1800 333 000. Picture: supplied

Update: Police are viewing CCTV footage as part of their investigation into an Australia Day attack at Corrimal that left a man with extensive injuries.

Wollongong police duty officer Dan Richardson said detectives had spoken to 24-year-old Jackson Crinis on Tuesday night and inquiries were continuing.

“Police are viewing CCTV footage in the area in an attempt to identify anybody involved, Inspector Richardson said.

Jackson Crinis is receiving treatment at Wollongong Hospital in the aftermath of the attack. Crime Stoppers:1800 333 000. Picture: supplied

Jackson Crinis is receiving treatment at Wollongong Hospital in the aftermath of the attack. Crime Stoppers:1800 333 000. Picture: supplied

“Obviously, yesterday [Tuesday] being a public holiday most of the shop premises were shut so a canvass is been conducted today [Wednesday].

“Anyone who knows anything about this incident or witnesses should contact Wollongong police or Crime Stoppers.”

Police would get a formal statement from Mr Crinis once he has recovered from his injuries, Inspector Richardson said.

Wollongong police: 4226 7899 or Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000  

Earlier: Police are investigating an attack that left a Bellambi man hospitalised with sickening injuries in the early hours of Australia Day. 

Jackson Crinis, 24, was walking alone on the Princes Highway at Corrimal about 4am when he encountered a group of about four men.

He suffered a dislocated shoulder, a broken nose, a broken septum and severe bruising to his face in the attack that followed. 

Mr Crinis’ girlfriend, Ashlyn Uren, was asleep when she received his alarming telephone call for help. 

“He said he didn’t know where he was,” Miss Uren told the Mercury.  

“He was covered in blood and he didn’t know whose blood it was.” 

Miss Uren and Mr Crinis’ sister Sian dialled triple-zero after arriving at the roadside to find him badly in need of medical attention.

“He was covered in blood and he didn’t know whose blood it was.”

“He hadn’t realised his shoulder had popped out. He freaked out when he [realised],” Miss Uren said. 

“It was horrific. His injuries are sickening. It’s really hard to know that there are people out there willing to do that for no reason.” 

Mr Crinis had been drinking at the Corrimal Hotel since late Monday.

He is believed to have taken to the street in search of a taxi shortly before the attack.

He was transported to Wollongong Hospital to undergo scans, including scans to test the functionality of his lungs.

“We’re talking to a plastic surgeon about whether he will need surgery to straighten his nose,” Miss Uren said. 

Wollongong Police attended the site of the attack later on Tuesday.

It began what is traditionally a busy day for Wollongong and Shellharbour officers, who were out in number on roads and at public events.

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