More arrests to follow assault

By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE detectives have charged an 18-year-old male with assault occasioning bodily harm while in company, following a "vi- cious and cowardly'' attack on a man in his late fifties.

Sergeant Mal Nichols said yes- terday the attack took place out- side the man's home in Ben Lexen Court and involved a number of youths who punched and kicked the man after he was knocked to the ground.

"At about 1.30am Saturday a male resident had cause to speak to a number of youths who had gath- ered on the footpath outside his home and thrown objects onto his roof,'' Sgt Nichols said.

"The man was transported to hospital from the scene by Queensland Ambulance person- nel suffering a suspected broken nose and severe facial bruising and other injuries.

"Detectives are confident of charging further youths following their initial investigations on Sat- urday.''

Gladstone police Senior Sergeant Leigh Burt branded the of- fenders "dogs in the night'' and asked anyone with information to come forward.

"They're drunken hoons who were throwing things on his roof and he goes to investigate and gets punched to the ground and kicked,'' Snr Sgt Burt said.

"Then they run away like dogs in the night. I strongly suggest the people responsible have a good hard look at themselves.

"I would hope everyone who reads this is just as disgusted as I am that this has happened in Gladstone, and I hope the commu- nity will get together and help us find out who the remaining of- fenders are.

Gladstone District Officer In- spector Rowan Bond yesterday urged residents to contact police if faced with a similar situation.

"It's too dangerous to get in- volved because often when words are exchanged it can lead to an as- sault,'' Insp Bond said.

"If you're concerned for your safety or your property, call police.

Information can be forwarded to Gladstone police or CrimeStop- pers on 1800 333 000.



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