Airlie Beach puts out $2500 bounty to hunt cowardly attacker

STAY SAFE: WRA president David Gillman and secretary Tony Moscato.
STAY SAFE: WRA president David Gillman and secretary Tony Moscato.

A STRING of coward punch attacks in Airlie Beach has led the Whitsunday Ratepayers Association (WRA) to put up a $2500 reward for anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of an attacker.

The coward punch attacks have incensed WRA president Dr David Gillman and secretary Tony Moscato to the point where they are calling on the community to lend a hand.

"We have got to make the population aware that when there is any kind of suggestion or fear that this kind of behaviour is about, take some pictures, take some descriptions, or talk to somebody," Mr Moscato said.

The men point to two serious cases in the past 12 months where a victim was felled by a single punch from behind by an unknown attacker. Mr Moscato said in one instance, a young man was found with a fractured skull after he left a restaurant to go to the toilet. "As soon as there is an incident, take a picture," he said.

If you have a picture or information that could lead to a conviction, contact the WRA at or Policelink on 131 444.


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