Australian sports reporter injured during mugging in Dominica

ESPNCricinfo’s assistant editor Daniel Brettig appeared at the Australia team’s media session at the team’s hotel in Roseau with a cut over his left eye, dried blood in his nostrils and grazes over much of his body.

The reporter said his phone and wallet were taken in the late-night incident after he was attacked by two men wielding knives.

Brettig was treated at a local hospital for a bloodied nose, cuts and grazes and also gave a statement to police.

Brettig said he was mugged around 10 pm on Saturday night.

“I took out some cash and was confronted by a couple of young men who threw me to the ground,” Brettig said.

“I landed on my nose. I suffered a kick to the head and then they emptied out my pockets.”

Brettig said he staggered off and was assisted by some local bystanders who helped him return to the bar where he was having a night out with friends.

He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

“There was one other mugging last night (Saturday night) of one of the Australian supporters,” Brettig said.

The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) said in a statement that it was shocked and deeply concerned to hear of the mugging. 

“We wish to offer our deepest apology to the affected visitors. Dominica is known as one of the safest islands in the Caribbean and this incident reflects terribly on everything we do to take care of our visitors and keep Dominica safe. We hope the visitors’ experience of Dominica’s natural beauty and friendly people has left a stronger impression of our island than this unfortunate incident. We condemn any and all crimes against our visitors and our residents. 

“A crime against a visitor is a crime against our country and our people. Furthermore, any crime against a visitor may end up in the international press – as this one has– and can have devastating and far-reaching effects on future visitors deciding whether or not to come here,” the DHTA said.

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