Van park victim fears reprisals
By LUKE PRENDERGAST
'BILL' can't sleep at night, even with the aid of sleeping pills.
He's stiff and sore, but that's not the reason. He can't sleep because he fears the five youths who allegedly put him in hospital will return and target his family.
Police yesterday charged a third juvenile over the alleged attack on Bill, 33, and his 17-year-old stepdaughter at Lismore Tourist Caravan Park on Friday night.
Bill was struck with a camping pole, punched and kicked, suffering a fractured knuckle on his right hand and a bruised back and ribs. His stepdaughter was struck on the cheekbone with a bottle as she tried to help him.
Bill, who declined to use his real name for fear of recrimination, said he was struck from behind as he investigated the youths 'running amok' in the park.
"I told them to go, nicely, and the next moment they started on me," he said. "It came from behind. Everything happened so quickly. They started hitting me, kicking me, using the pole. I threw a couple of punches then went on my knees and covered my face and they stopped after a while ? when the police came."
Bill spent Saturday in bed before spending seven hours at Lismore Base Hospital on Sunday. On his return home the youths drove past threatening further action against him, his girlfriend and her four children.
"I was more worried about the girls ? the kids and my girlfriend," Bill said. "I don't really sleep at all. I keep my eyes and ears out in case they come back."
The youths had been his stepdaughter's friends for 12 months prior to the attack but now 'I'd spit on their shoes and walk away', she said.
"They've been idiots before but not like this," Bill said. "This is the first time they turned on us."
Bill will have 'a few choice words' to say to the youths next time he sees them, but will otherwise leave the matter to police.
Police have arrested and charged three juveniles, aged 16, 16 and 17, with robbery in company, affray and assault. They have been granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Children's Court on April 23. Detectives are still searching for a juvenile and and an adult.