Man charged with robbing, attacking backpackers

Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command officers made a third arrest in connection with an alleged assault and robbery of two backpackers in South Grafton last month.
Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command officers made a third arrest in connection with an alleged assault and robbery of two backpackers in South Grafton last month. Trevor Veale

A MAN was held over to appear at a special session of Coffs Harbour Local Court on Saturday after being one of three men arrested in Grafton and charged with offences in company.

The 21-year-old man was taken into custody at 5pm on Friday and charged with robbery in company, reckless grievous bodily harm in company and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company.

The three men were arrested in connection with an alleged robbery and assault of two backpackers in South Grafton last month.

On December 17, a 25-year-old woman and 26-year-old man arrived in their campervan at a park on Riverside Drive.

Later that evening, the pair was allegedly approached by a group of three men who took items from their camp fridge as well as other property including a phone and laptop.

It's further alleged the group then assaulted both the man and woman; punching and kicking them several times.

The man was also allegedly struck numerous times over the head with a wooden implement before the group fled the location.

The backpackers contacted police from Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command who attended the park a short time later.

Both the man and woman sustained significant facial injuries and cuts and bruises to their arms and bodies.

They were assisted at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics and received further medical treatment.

Police later arrested an 18-year-old man at the park and on New Year's Day, after further inquiries, the arrest of a 19-year-old man took place in Grafton.

Both will appear in Grafton Local Court this Monday.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

Information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

People should not report crime information via Facebook and Twitter pages.

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