Graphic image: Horrifying video of an old man viciously punched in a kava club in Sydney sparks outrage

A video which showed the horrifying moment a man repeatedly punched an older guest in the head in a Kava club in Sydney has sparked outrage online.

It appeared the attack happened after a heated exchange of words broke out between them.

Sources who spoke with Kaniva News said the violent incident happened on Friday night at one of the Tongan kava clubs in the suburb of Rooty Hill.

They claimed the old man was drunk and was swearing before he was attacked.

The video showed the old man sitting holding a cup of kava while talking with somebody.

The man then appeared to launch himself at the old man, trying to hold his head with his left hand while punching the old man on the side and top of the head with his right hand.

A man who was sitting with the old man grabbed him in what appeared to be an unsuccessful attempt to protect him from the attack.

The man kept punching the old man while he was clutching his head and trying to hide his face against the floor.

No one helped or stopped the attacker. Some of the kava drinkers just begged the man from their seats to stop it, warning that the old man could be injured.

They also reminded the attacker that he was attacking an elderly.

Many Facebook users condemned the attacker and labelled him as rude, impudent and impertinent.

Kava sessions have always been seen as a place for fun and discipline where young people are reminded to respect older people no matter what shortfalls they may have.

The video was uploaded to Facebook by Tale Saulala, but he quickly removed it after commentators posted threatening messages and called on him to delete it.

However, the video had already been shared hundreds of times by other Facebook users and received thousands of reactions and likes.

In one share the video received more than 70,000 views.

Some commentators threatened to hurt the attacker.

The main points

  • A video which showed the horrifying moment a man repeatedly punched an old man in the head in a Kava club in Sydney has sparked outrage online.
  • It appeared the attack happened after a heated exchange of words broke out between them.
  • Sources who spoke with Kaniva News said the violent incident happened on Friday night at one of the Tongan kava clubs in the suburb of Rooty Hill.

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