A battered and bruised Dayne Burns after allegedly being set upon by a group of attackers on Yamba hill.
A battered and bruised Dayne Burns after allegedly being set upon by a group of attackers on Yamba hill.

'Pack attack' on tourists

LAUREN GARDINER wakes up every day wondering if her husband is going to survive the injuries he suffered while on holiday in Yamba 10 days ago.

Matt Gardiner received serious head injuries when he was king hit twice near the roundabout at the top of Coldstream Street on February 5.

“If nothing goes wrong Matt won’t be able to work or leave the house for two months,” Mrs Gardiner said.

“But doctors have warned us that at any moment in the next few weeks something could happen and everything could turn to s--t.”

The Gardiners and Lauren’s sister and partner, all from the Gold Coast, had just left the Pacific Hotel last Friday night when Lauren said a man came out of nowhere and punched her husband.

Mr Gardiner fell to the ground and as he lay unconscious in a pool of blood, Lauren said a pack of up to 15 young men jumped over her husband to attack her brother-in-law, Dayne Burns.

Police allege five people attacked the men.

If their trip to Yamba wasn’t already a nightmare, there was one final blow to come when police called Lauren over to assist with her husband’s recovery.

“While I was on my hands and knees trying to help save my husband’s life, someone stole my bag,” she said.

CT scans revealed Mr Gardiner has three brain bleeds and bruises.

Police have charged a 23-year-old Yamba man with assault in relation to the attacks.



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