UPDATE: Ross Tapper may never recover from hammer attack

Latest:  DOCTORS have  told the family of Bullsbrook truckie Ross Tapper that he may never recover from an unprovoked attack that has left him in a coma.

Early in September Mr Tapper was using the bathroom at a Meekatharra service station when he was brutally attacked with a hammer.

Nine News Perth reported the attacker Stephen Christopher Darroch,44, of Como had pleaded guilty and was due to be sentenced in Perth District Court on December 16.

Mr Tapper a truckie of 30 years is well-known and much loved in the transport community.

His uncle Kim Tapper told the news crew that since the attack Ross remained in a coma and was completely bed ridden.

Mr Tapper said his nephew used to drive triple road trains from Perth to Broome twice a week with his partner Rose and now he'll never drive a truck again.

He said the attack had ruined many lives, his brother and sister and his partner Rose were devastated.

People on Facebook are now calling for Ross Tapper's attacker to be charged with murder.

 

Earlier: WEST Australian truckie Ross Tapper is still in a critical condition nine days after he was brutally attacked with a hammer at a service station in Meekatharra.

Today Royal Perth Hospital confirmed the truck driver remained in critical condition.

EARLIER: AFTER an horrific hammer attack at a service station, WA truckie Ross Tapper remains in hospital.

Four days ago his condition was still listed as critical after he was struck in the head several times with a hammer last Wednesday morning.

His attacker had gone on a rampage at the Meekatharra service station after allegedly stealing fuel.

Mr Tapper was flown to Royal Perth Hospital after the attack.

The ABC has reported a Stephen Christopher Darroch,44, of Como was due to face Geraldton Magistrates Court on September 9 over the attack, but was kept in a holding cell because he created a security concern.

Also reported was Darroch smashed his way into the service station toilet and struck Mr Tapper several times.

While Darroch didn't appear in court on September 9, his Legal Aid lawyer did. The court heard there were concerns for his mental health.

Police allege Darrock had returned to the servo after allegedly trying to steal fuel. There was a verbal confrontation with a staff member and the victim before the attack.

Police apprehended Darroch about 80 kilometres south of Meekatharra after a police pursuit.

It has been reported that at the Mount Magnet Police Station he allegedly punched a male officer in the face and tried to run away.

A Ross Tapper Support Fund on the GoFundMe fundraising page created by Centurion Transport raised $16,000 in three days to help Mr Tapper and his family following the assault.

"Ross was an innocent bystander when the assault happened and he remains in a critical condition in Royal Perth Hospital," the GoFundMe page said.

"Ross is a well-respected member of the trucking community in Western Australia. Please give what you can to support Ross and his family during what is a very difficult time for them."

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