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A 31-YEAR-OLD West African man was attacked by a bus driver and eight other men after the driver locked him in a parked bus, police were told.
The driver summoned the men on his mobile phone.
They arrived shortly after in two cars, boarded the bus and kicked and punched the man, he said in a statement to police.
Senior Constable Renee Hulls from Sunshine police has confirmed police are investigating an attack on a man on a bus at Sunshine station on Thursday night.
Musu Morris, 24, a care aid worker from Sunshine who witnessed the attack, said eight men were involved: ''One was a huge fat boy, and he hit him a blow and another blow. I felt very bad. I couldn't do anything. I tried to hold one. They just shoved me off,'' she said.
The victim, ''Abdul'' was left bleeding badly, she said.
A refugee, he gave his real name to The Age and to the police but asked that it not be published on legal advice because he is waiting for a permanent visa.
Ms Morris, a friend, boarded the bus after he phoned and asked her to call police when the driver directed racist comments at him. They were the last passengers left on the bus.
She backed Abdul's claim that the driver joined in the attack in which he was punched and kicked.
''The driver was the last one to have his hands on me,'' Abdul said.
Ms Morris called police, who arrived 15 minutes later. She gave them the driver's number and the registration numbers of the two cars and made a statement.
The attack took place last Thursday about 7.30pm on a 471 bus from Williamstown to Sunshine.
Ambulance Victoria confirmed that paramedics were called to Station Place, Sunshine, at 7.45pm last Thursday and transported a man in his 30s to Sunshine Hospital.
Yesterday, Abdul was nursing a badly bruised and bloodshot eye that he said was turning blurry at times and was accompanied by headaches and an aching jaw that made it difficult for him to eat.
To someone who fled violence and was still recovering, the attack was particularly traumatic.
''I thought I would be protected here,'' he said.
He spoke out because ''I feel more sad when I get to know that the bus driver is still riding around. You expect justice to be done''.
Senior Constable Hulls said police were actively investigating the claims and collecting statements from all involved.
She appealed for witnesses to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333000.
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