Schoolies mostly behave at Victor Harbor, but teen targeted with coward-punch

A 17-year-old school leaver was coward-punched in a group assault that has marred a "pleasing" Schoolies' Festival at Victor Harbor, say South Australian police.

The Norton Summit teen, from SA's Adelaide Hills, was waiting with a friend at a bus collection point on Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor, in southern coastal South Australia when a group of youths approached him about 10pm on Saturday.

The group hurled verbal abuse at him before coward-punching and kicking him.

He travelled to Port Elliot Caravan Park and ambulance officers treated his injuries before taking him to South Coast District Hospital for more treatment.

Police are still investigating the incident and are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at

Police said that the behaviour of the school-leaver group on the Fleurieu Peninsula had been "generally pleasing".

"The first night at the Victor Harbor event was subdued and police reported the party-goers were well behaved," they said.

"For the second night, and typically the biggest night at the festival, there were no significant issues and the behaviour of the school leavers was generally pleasing."

Two arrests were made on night two, but only one of these was a school-leaver.

An 18-year-old Woodville teen was arrested and charges with disorderly behaviour just after 6.30pm, after he threw chairs inside a hotel on Ocean Street, Victor Harbor.

He was granted bail to face Victor Harbor Magistrates Court on February 6.


A 29-year-old Myponga man was arrested and charged with being unlawfully being on premises and refusing to give personal details after he was spoken to by police on Flinders Parade about 11pm.

He received bail and will face Victor Harbor Magistrates Court on January 6.

An 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl were found inside a construction site on Phillip Avenue, Victor Harbor, just before 9pm and were reported for being unlawfully on premises.

They will face court later.

Police handed out 10 general expiation fines on day two of the festival for drinking or possessing alcohol in a dry zone.

Hills Fleurieu LSA officer in charge Acting Inspector Mark Good said night two was successful and urged school-leavers to be safe on the roads.

"If you do intend to drive home, make good choices and don't get behind the wheel if you are feeling fatigued or have been drinking or using drugs. It is simply not worth the risk to your safety or others," he said.