Gang of 10 bash 49-year-old man in Goonellabah
OLGA Master heard noises coming from the street outside her Goonellabah home on Tuesday night. When she looked out the window, she saw a 49-year-old man being brutally attacked by a group of youths.
“They kicked and punched him and left him there to bleed. He had grazes on his back and side and his mouth and face were swollen,” she said.
Mrs Master rang the police, who arrived within five minutes, but the attackers had fled. They were last seen running towards the nearby Goonellabah Soccer Club.
The attack occurred about 11pm at Elders Memorial Park. Police said the victim was taken to Lismore Base Hospital, where he was treated for a suspected broken nose and other facial injuries.
“The victim was punched and kicked to the ground and then jumped on. The group stole his wallet, but later returned to again kick and jump on the man,” a police spokesperson said.
Mrs Master estimated there was 'up to 10' people in the gang, both male and female, aged in their early 20s.
She said the same group lit a fire in the park earlier in the night and the fire brigade had been called to put it out.
Mrs Master said she had lived in McKenzie Street for eight years and that the level of violence in the street was rising.
“People get drunk in the park all the time and have fights,” she said. “We call the police regularly, but try not to get too involved. I've got disabled kids and they can't sleep when they hear the noise.”
Inspector Bill McKenna described the attack as a 'random and opportunistic crime'.
“It was a random, unprovoked attack on a 49-year-old man who was consuming alcohol in a dark and isolated location,” he said.
Police searched the area and spoke to neighbours. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.