PUBLIC APPEAL: Snr Const Michael Hogan calls a news conference in Lismore yesterday to urge members of the public to come forwa
PUBLIC APPEAL: Snr Const Michael Hogan calls a news conference in Lismore yesterday to urge members of the public to come forwa

Couple may hold key to injured man

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

sturnbull@northernstar.com.au

A COCKER spaniel-owning couple could hold the key to how a Lismore man ended up in hospital with serious head injuries after a possible assault.

The 33-year-old man was yesterday undergoing surgery at Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital after sustaining his injuries on Monday night.

He was found in Conway Street, Lismore, by a couple walking their dog about 6.30pm.

The couple called 000, but left the scene soon after an ambulance arrived.

Crime Prevention Officer Snr Const Michael Hogan said police were not contacted by the hospital until 10pm.

He said they were treating the incident as a possible assault, but it was unknown exactly how the man was injured.

"We are in the process of going through 000 call records to try and find the couple who assisted the man," he said. "We have been canvassing the area and investigations are continuing, however, we would like to speak to the couple."

Snr Const Hogan said police at this stage were not investigating any links between the possible assault and an incident in which Lismore man Ray German was set on fire.

Mr German, 47, is in a critical condition in the Royal Brisbane Hospital after he was found engulfed in flames about 5.30pm on Sunday at Humbley Oval, across from the Lismore Shopping Square.

Snr Const Hogan said police were also appealing for witnesses to Sunday's incident involving Mr German.

In a strange twist, Mr German was also robbed and stabbed on September 24 on the corner of Dawson and Woodlark streets.

n The man injured in Monday night's incident was last seen in Conway Street wearing dark coloured kneelength shorts, a maroon T-shirt and tan surf-style jogging shoes. Any information to Lismore Police on 6623 1599.



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