A man was bashed unconscious after asking a group of onlookers to stop taking photographs of his drunk friend lying on a footpath in Sydney's CBD.
The vicious attack happened on Pitt Street early on Sunday morning as the 27-year-old Korean man, who lives in Eastwood in Sydney's northwest, was trying to help his friend, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
A group of onlookers, including four men and a woman, came over and began taking photographs of the pair.
When the Korean man asked them to stop, two of the men assaulted him.
He was punched in the face and fell to the ground. When he stood up, he was punched again and knocked unconscious.
The group of onlookers then fled the scene.
The Korean man was taken to hospital with critical head injuries. His condition had improved to stable by this morning.
Police have appealed to the public for help identifying two of the men involved.
One is described as being aged in his early 20s, about 183cm tall with a light complexion and a solid build. He had short dark hair and was wearing a grey or blue round neck T-shirt, dark pants and dark shoes.
The second man was aged in his late 20s, about 178cm tall, with a light complexion and a medium to solid build. He had short dark hair and was wearing a black zip-up jacket, dark pants and white shoes.
Police are also reviewing CCTV footage of the attack.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Mark Worley