News State Victoria Man faces court over Melbourne brawl hit-run

Man faces court over Melbourne brawl hit-run

Police investigate the scene of a brawl in Mater Street, Collingwood on September 2. Photo: AAP
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An 18-year-old man has faced court accused of seriously injuring another teen over a hit-run crash during a brawl that spilled from an inner Melbourne pub.

Dieu Mawut Atem, 18, appeared at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, after his arrest at a Dandenong construction site earlier in the day.

He is charged with 10 offences over the September 2 affray in Collingwood, including intentionally causing serious injury, conduct endangering life and assault.

The incident occurred after a fight erupted in the Gasometer during a Record 66 launch event and spilled outside.

Charge sheets allege Atem drove “at a fast rate of speed into crowd of pedestrians…that placed persons in danger of death”.

An 18-year-old man allegedly hit by the car was pinned against another car, causing him serious leg injuries.

He remains in hospital.

The September 2 brawl in Collingwood led to seven people suffering injuries. Photo: AAP

Atem is also charged with traffic-related crimes such as failure to immediately stop and render assistance.

His lawyer Grace Donovan told the court it was his first time in custody.

Atem was supported by his brother in court. He was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on January 7.

A second 18-year-old arrested at a Narre Warren school was released, pending further inquiries.

North West Metro Region Commander Tim Hansen told reporters they had a clear picture of the circumstances that contributed to the incident, both inside and outside the hotel.

Commander Hansen said resources were being poured into the investigation, which had sparked earlier criticism for not doing enough to stop the fight happening in the first place.

The investigation includes officers from the licensing division and will examine the responsible service of alcohol at the venue on the night.

“We understand the level of apprehension this incident created not only for all Victorians but the residents of Collingwood” he said.

“We won’t rest until we hold all persons to account.”

Police said their investigation remains ongoing, with more than 70 exhibits seized, including the offending vehicle, and were being examined.

Police have statements from about 40 witnesses.

Commander Hansen said the investigation was complicated because of the seven people injured, some are not speaking to police and it is unclear if all seven were victims.