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An alleged thug accused of bashing strangers along an inner-Melbourne beach remains free in the community after being released on bail. 

Mechac Mukanu, 18, is accused of bashing a stranger with a baton in an unprovoked attack in trendy St Kilda, just outside of Melbourne, in December last year. 

The alleged gang member was locked-up after shocking footage was released showing a mob of African youths, allegedly including Mukanu, repeatedly stomping on three men before robbing them.

Mechac Mukanu, 18, walks free from Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Tuesday weeks after being cut loose by a magistrate

Mechac Mukanu, 18, walks free from Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Tuesday weeks after being cut loose by a magistrate

Police opposed bail for Mukanu (right) with concerns he may reoffend if released from custody

Police opposed bail for Mukanu (right) with concerns he may reoffend if released from custody

It's alleged Mukanu, 18, struck a man with an extendable baton in an unprovoked attack on the St Kilda foreshore on December 1

It's alleged Mukanu, 18, struck a man with an extendable baton in an unprovoked attack on the St Kilda foreshore on December 1

His release from prison comes amid a mini-crime wave across Melbourne which has seen ordinary citizens terrorised just going about their business. 

On Sunday, a group of African youths terrorised Woolworths staff and customers in Lyndhurst, southeast of Melbourne, attacking one of them with a baseball bat. 

Shocking video footage captured the moment a group of youths wearing dark hoodies caused chaos inside the supermarket.

Then on Tuesday night,  a 33-year-old Sandhurst man - also in Melbourne's southeast, was woken to find a group of African men inside his home. 

They made-off with his BMW SUV. 

Both groups of men remain on the loose.

Mukanu faces six counts of unlawful assault, two counts of affray and single counts of intentionally causing injury, recklessly causing injury and obtaining financial advantage by deception. 

The teenager was released from jail two weeks ago in secret after being granted bail. 

On Sunday, a group of African youths terrorised Woolworths staff and customers in Lyndhurst, southeast of Melbourne, attacking one of them with a baseball bat

On Sunday, a group of African youths terrorised Woolworths staff and customers in Lyndhurst, southeast of Melbourne, attacking one of them with a baseball bat

Mechac Mukanu, 18, accused of bashing a stranger with a baton in an unprovoked attack in trendy St Kilda

Mechac Mukanu, 18, accused of bashing a stranger with a baton in an unprovoked attack in trendy

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