Victim of assault still in coma

A MAN who was savagely bashed by two teenagers in Ballina on the weekend is still in hospital in an induced coma.

The 43-year-old was walking home along Cherry Street after a night out at 1:30am on Saturday  when he came across four males fighting in the street.

Police allege the man became involved in an altercation with two of the men.

He was later found by police lying on the road unconscious and bleeding from his head.

He was airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital where he underwent surgery for head trauma and a possible spinal injury.

Lismore police confirmed he was in an induced coma yesterday in Gold Coast Hospital.

A 15-year-old and a 16-year-old boy were arrested and charged for the attack.

Another male who was the victim of a separate bashing in Lismore on the same night is expected to be released from hospital today.

The 19-year-old was walking home from a night out in Lismore when "for no apparent reason whatsoever", police said, he was set upon by a group of males.

He was hit with a stick and struck in the face with rock.

He underwent surgery in Lismore Base Hospital today.

Police are searching for the offenders who they described as in their mid to late teens and of aboriginal appearance.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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