WHEN Steve Turner saw his mate Robert Weeks being brutally bashed by a group of younger men, he called out for them to stop.
That is when the group turned on Mr Turner and began punching and kicking into him instead of his friend.
The assault left both men in hospital, where they each received a number of stitches in their eyelids.
The pair are now calling for CCTV cameras to be installed in the Tweed Heads CBD, which they believe could have helped identify their attackers.
In the early hours of June 15, Mr Weeks, 52, and Mr Turner, 42, were walking home from a night out in Coolangatta when they were viciously set upon by five men.
They had walked to Wharf Street and were looking to hail a cab when Mr Weeks was suddenly hit from behind.
“We finished up semi-conscious,” Mr Weeks said.
“We didn't throw any punches - we didn't have time
“I got six stitches in my eye and Steve got stitches in his eyebrow.
“They took his bag off his back.
“We pulled ourselves up and hid across the road and called the police.”
Mr Turner and Mr Weeks could only provide limited descriptions of their attackers to police.
They said the men were aged in their mid-20s, were wearing jeans and T-shirts and had New Zealand accents.
“They took my backpack, but didn't take our wallets or phones,” Mr Turner said.
“They were in their mid-20s and they were well-dressed.
“They were just looking for a bit of fun.”
Police investigated the scene of the attack, near the intersection of Bay Street, later that day and found a pool of blood on the pavement.
Yesterday, Mr Weeks' faded bloodstain remained on the footpath, one month after the assault took place.
“I'm not angry, but I'm a bit wary walking home at night,” he said.
“We've still got a bit of fear it will happen again, and that's not right.
“Why should you feel fear or scared that it's going to happen again? You just shouldn't.”
Mr Turner and Mr Weeks believe that if CCTV cameras were installed in the area, it might stop someone else from getting hurt.
“Why wouldn't you have surveillance cameras?” Mr Weeks said.
Mr Turner added: “Especially around the bus stop and the taxi rank. I've seen other incidents here as well.”