Pole used in brutal attack on teen
IT was the biggest night of his big sister's life, but before the night was through all eyes at this 21st birthday party would be on Maroochydore teenager Steele Millroy.
But this was no case of sibling rivalry.
The 18-year-old was savagely beaten and robbed when he walked directly into the path of two men who sat in wait, shrouded in darkness, near the Big Top car park last Saturday night.
The pair, whose identity is a mystery to their victim, appeared to have planned the attack as one was armed with a steel pole, according to Mr Millroy.
The violent duo's target just happened to be the drunk young sales assistant on his regular walk home from the Solbar on Ocean St.
"I wasn't feeling well so I left the others at the club and went home," Mr Millroy said.
"They came up behind me, hit me on the back of the head and I fell to the ground.
"They repeatedly kept hitting me and I remember them then rummaging through my pockets and I saw something in one of their hands which looked like a pole."
The attack, which Mr Millroy described as seeming like hours, was over in minutes.
Mr Millroy's sister Demi, the party's guest of honour, said she learned of her injured and bloodied brother standing at the front of the Solbar through a friend who rushed inside to tell her.
"I had just ordered a drink too," she said, now feeling comfortable enough to joke with her injured sibling who assures her he will replace the drink.
It was only the second physical fight of Mr Millroy's life.
"The first was in grade two, I think over pizza shapes," he said, also finding his sense of humour.
Mr Millroy's left ear was badly split open from the first blow.
He also suffered large swelling to his head, a black eye and welts on his legs from the weapon's blows.
His attackers stole his phone and his wallet containing $25.
Mr Millroy said he will never again walk home.
Police have confirmed they are investigating the assault after receiving an official complaint.
"They came up behind me, hit me on the back of the head and I fell to the ground."