Man charged after eviction scuffle

BRETT BROWN shook his East Lismore flatmate’s head into the ground during a scuffle when the man tried to evict him, causing a serious life-threatening head injury.

Police were called after Neil Lancer was found by neighbours at his flat unconscious with his head covered in blood. He was rushed by ambulance to the Lismore Base Hospital, before being transferred to a Gold Coast hospital for surgery.

Brown, 42, pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court to recklessly causing grievous bodily harm to Neil Lancer at their Airforce Road flat on August 12 last year.

His lawyer, Ben Robin, lodged the guilty plea, with another charge withdrawn by the Crown.

Brown remains in custody following his arrest on August 13 last year.

Agreed Crown facts stated that during an argument Mr Lancer ordered Brown to leave the flat permanently, but he refused to leave as all his belongings were in the flat. The argument escalated with Mr Lancer running out the back door into a court-yard, but he was followed by Brown.

Mr Lancer threatened he would assault Brown with a knife, and when Brown att-empted to hit him they scuffled and fell to the ground with Brown on top of Mr Lancer.

The Crown facts stated Brown grabbed Mr Lancer by the scruff of his neck and ‘shook him with force’ causing his head to hit the ground.

Police later found a blood pool on a concrete path.

Medical evidence presented from a Neurological Registrar stated a CAT scan showed extensive haemorrhaging in the base of Mr Lancer’s skull.

Magistrate Robyn Denes adjourned the matter last Friday to the Lismore District Court in August for a sentencing date to be set.

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