20 teens were involved in the attackPOLICE say they expect to make several arrests in connection with the brutal stabbing of a teenager outside a party in Melbourne’s southeast, as his mother pleaded for an end to knife violence.
Ben Phillips, 14, suffered punctured lungs after being slashed four times with a blade as he walked a girl home from a party in Cranbourne on Saturday night.
The group, whom witnesses say were mostly Sudanese or of African descent, had tried to gatecrash a nearby party 10 minutes before the frenzied attack.
While early suggestions were that as many as 20 teens were involved in the attack, police believed there were “five or six” directly involved, and stressed the attack was not racially motivated.
Narre Warren detectives confirmed they now expect to make arrests in the coming days and warned people not to “take matters into their own hands”.