Police have appealed for witnesses after a 21-year-old man was glassed after gatecrashing a Melbourne music festival.
The alleged victim accompanied by friends turned up uninvited at the Rancho Relaxo festival at Hastings on the Mornington Peninsula on Saturday when the group were asked to leave.
When the 21-year-old walked out with a bag containing bottles of beer he was accused of stealing.
His friends claim he was hit after handing over the bag to be searched.
The alleged victim will require surgery for a shattered jaw and teeth.
Jonathan Ewington, 36, has been charged with intentionally and recklessly causing serious injury.
Ewington maintains his innocence.
“There was no intention to hurt anyone. I was just interested in getting the bags that I thought they had stolen out of the tent,” he told 9News.
The New Zealand citizen handed himself into police yesterday but police are still interested in speaking to witnesses at the event.
Officers would particularly like to speak with two female staff members.
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