Grieving friend had a tooth and eight crowns ripped from his mouth after he wore a necklace belonging to the dead man at his memorial
- A grieving friend had a tooth and eight crowns torn from his mouth by three men
- The victim attended a memorial for Ricky Daniele, who died in a car crash
- He arrived in a necklace that the attackers believed was stolen from Mr Daniele
A grieving friend had a tooth and eight crowns torn from his mouth after he arrived at a memorial wearing a necklace belonging to the dead man.
The victim was invited to the memorial for Ricky Daniele at Brandon Duy Quoc Tran’s house in Ferryden Park, a north-western suburb of Adelaide, in October 2019.
Mr Daniele died in a car crash the month earlier, The Advertiser reported.
The victim was attacked by Tran, Tran’s brother Jorden Phong Quac Tran, 26 and Dylan McPherson, 23, shortly after arriving at the memorial because of his chosen jewellery.
The men believed a necklace fastened around the victim’s neck had been stolen from Mr Daniele.
A grieving friend had a tooth and eight crowns torn from his mouth after he arrived at a memorial wearing a necklace belonging to the dead man (stock image)
They then launched an attack on the grieving man, which lasted several hours and involved using pliers to remove a tooth and caps from eight other teeth.
The victim suffered a split lip and swelling and lacerations to his head during the ordeal, which was filmed by the men.
‘The way that the victim was treated by the offenders on this particular night is particularly degrading and the fact of being filmed … is a degrading act while in a state of injury and hunched over in the bathroom,’ prosecutor Rebecca Schell said.
The attackers, who earlier pleaded guilty to aggravated causing harm with intent and aggravated robbery, faced the District Court on Wednesday for a pre-sentence hearing.
Court documents said prosecutors were told the men ‘blamed’ the victim for Mr Daniele’s death.
The men said that before Mr Daniele was killed, he received a text message from the victim that said he had ‘too much meth’. They said Mr Daniele crashed his car when he was on his way to help.
Jorden Tran’s lawyer Anthony Allen QC said his client was ‘set off’ after the victim attended the memorial wearing Mr Daniele’s necklace as he believed it was a ‘disrespectful’ move.
Brandon Tran’s representative Andrew Moffa said his client maintained the victim had ‘stolen jewellery from Ricky before his death’.
The three men will be sentenced next month by Judge Liesl Chapman.
The attackers, who earlier pleaded guilty to aggravated causing harm with intent and aggravated robbery, faced the District Court on Wednesday for a pre-sentence hearing