VICIOUS PRANK: Above, six-year-old Rory Stephen, of South Casino, with the cuts on his neck from the fishing line tied across t
VICIOUS PRANK: Above, six-year-old Rory Stephen, of South Casino, with the cuts on his neck from the fishing line tied across t

Trip wire cuts boy's neck

By EMMA O'NEILL

RORY STEPHEN'S passion for BMX riding nearly cost him his life this week.

The Casino six-year-old was riding at full speed in a skate park on Monday afternoon when fishing line stretched across the ramp tore into his throat.

The wire snapped with the impact, sending Rory crashing to the ground, screaming.

His mother, Cristy Hayes, heard her son's scream from the other side of the park.

"Rory was screaming and saying 'its burning mummy, take it off'," she said.

As Ms Hayes ran toward her screaming son she heard a group of teenagers laughing.

Ms Hayes said when she approached the group, one of the boys said, 'it wasn't meant for him, it was supposed to be for someone later tonight'. Ms Hayes was furious with the remark, but didn't approach the teenagers because she was worried about her son's injury.

She took Rory to the Casino hospital, where doctors said he was lucky to be alive as the injury could have severed his jugular vein.

Rory was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in April and any infection in his neck wound could have serious health consequences.

Rory's dad, Tom Stephen, was working on the Gold Coast at the time of the attack and drove to Casino to be with his son.

"I started crying when Cristy told me. No one deserves this," he said.

Rory had visited the bike park almost every day of his school holidays before the attack.

He is a member of the Casino BMX club and is passionate about his sport.

The family had even chosen their house in Casino because it was just across the road from the bike track.

Ms Hayes said Rory has had nightmares since the incident.

"He woke up in the middle of the night thinking he still had fishing wire around his neck," she said.

Despite this, the passionate BMX rider was back to the skate park on Thursday with his parents.

The fishing line was still lying on the ground as a grim reminder of the shocking trap set just days before.

Richmond LAC crime manager Detective Inspector Steven Clarke said he was shocked and disappointed by the crime.

"The charges for this crime are potentially very serious and we encourage anyone with any information about the incident to contact Casino police as soon as possible," he said.



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