Despicable moment hoons film themselves waking up a homeless man sleeping in the street by revving their car’s exhaust in his face – before being forced into a humiliating apology
- Two boys have filmed themselves revving a car engine in a homeless man’s face
- The shocking footage from Darwin’s CBD was shared to social media on Tuesday
- A grovelling apology was issued on Thursday after the boys were identified
- The homeless man’s ‘devastated’ mother also called for friends to support him
A pair of hoons have recorded themselves waking up a homeless man by revving a car’s exhaust in his face.
The shocking footage showed two boys terrorising a homeless man at Stokes Hill Wharf, in Darwin’s CBD, and was shared to social media on Tuesday.
Zayne Corpus and Mason Jones filmed a closeup of the man, Stephen, as he snored on the ground before backing a silver Ford up to his sleeping body.
The ignition was then turned on and the car’s engine was loudly revved multiple times directly into the homeless man’s face.
Zayne Corpus (pictured left) and Mason Jones (right) recorded themselves revving a car engine to wake up a homeless man and the clip was shared to social media on Tuesday
Stephen was visibly startled as he woke up and quickly moved away from the car.
Commenters slammed the two boys over the ‘cruel’ video and Stephen’s ‘devastated’ mother Lynne called for friends to ‘rally around and help him’.
‘This is my son and I was sent this video thinking he was dead. I can’t stop crying and I can’t help him… I want to help him but he has no phone,’ she wrote.
‘I’m devastated by what I saw. He needs help and won’t ask for it. I can’t imagine my life without him’.
Zayne and Mason initially posted comments denying their involvement before issuing a grovelling apology over their ‘intolerable behaviour’ on Thursday.
‘We are greatly ashamed of the part we have taken in such inexcusable actions and are accountable for our shameful behaviour,’ Zayne sent to the Mango Inquirer blog.
‘We want to own up for our actions and take complete acknowledgement that this video is demoralising and dehumanising.
The shocking footage showed homeless man Stephen (pictured) sleeping at Stokes Hill Wharf, in Darwin’s CBD, before a silver ford was backed up against his face and turned on
The homeless man (pictured above) was startled and quickly moved away from the car
‘We hope that this message will reach Stephen as we would like to have a face to face conversation and give Stephen a sincerely remorseful apology.
‘We ask for forgiveness and we would like to prove that there is room for change, that we can learn and grow from our mistakes that we have shamefully committed.’
Zayne also took to social media to add that the boys were initially ‘overwhelmed’ and ‘didn’t know how to handle’ the situation.
‘We manned up and confessed to doing this disgusting act, I hope you guys accept our apology and we are more than happy to help out Stephen,’ he said.
Stephen’s mother Lynne acknowledged the apology but said she was still ‘devastated’.
‘I am still devastated by what happened to my son Stephen and I also thank the people involved for owning up,’ she wrote.
‘I can’t stop crying and feel helpless. I know it was horrible to see and I thought he was dead. I have contacted some family and they are trying to find him.’
THE FULL APOLOGY FROM ZAYNE AND MASON
Dear Stephen, the actions that have been outpoured on social media I Zayne and Mason’s downhearted behaviour on the night this incident occurred has not only sent a shockwave of emotions across the close knit Darwin community, but also heart wrenching devastation to Stephen’s family members and Stephen, the victim himself.
The video that was shared and distributed across Facebook shows I Zayne Corpus in my rightfully owned car revving the engine inches away off the ground where Stephen had been harmlessly sleeping as Mason Jones proceeded to record the intolerable behaviour we both committed.
We are greatly ashamed of the part we have taken in such inexcusable actions and are accountable for our shameful behaviour which have reflected our characters inappropriately and not in our nature.
We want to own up for our actions and take complete acknowledgement that this video is demoralising and dehumanising. Mental illness can not be used for anyone’s entertainment regardless of the matter, we hope that this message will reach Stephen as we would like to have a face to face conversation and give Stephen a sincerely remorseful apology that he deserves.
To the family members of Stephen we send out our deepest apologies for the behaviour that has enraged you.
I Zayne and Mason are not asking for sympathy, but we ask for forgiveness and we would like to prove that there is room for change that we can learn and grow from our mistakes that we have shamefully committed.