Two face assault, kidnapping

TWO people charged over the prolonged assault and kidnapping of a man appeared in Byron Bay Local Court yesterday.

Benjamin Morris Atkins, 24, and Helen May Walsh, 36, are accused of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm to a man in a unit in Bangalow Road, Byron Bay, in early July.

Atkins is also charged with taking or detaining the man with intent to gain advantage.

The alleged offences took place about midnight on July 1.

Police allege a 48-year-old man had gone to a unit in Bangalow Road at Byron Bay on the night, where he was unlawfully detained and assaulted for about five hours.

It is claimed he was bashed and threatened with a knife.

The man was then allegedly driven to Beech Drive, in nearby Baywood Chase, and left on a nature strip.

Police and paramedics were called and the man was taken to the Tweed Heads Hospital.

He was treated for head injuries, two fractured eye sockets, a broken nose, a spinal fracture, a broken arm, a broken leg, and six fractured ribs.

Atkins and Walsh were released on bail when they appeared in separate courtrooms the following week.

Bail was continued by Magistrate Michael Dakin and the pair will appear in Lismore Local Court in September.



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