Angler keen to find his attackers

A LOCAL fisherman alleges he was attacked by a group of drunken youths for no reason on Diggers Beach.

So far, the culprits have not been found.

Gerald Wilson has come forward about the assault that happened two weeks ago in the hope it doesn't happen to anyone else - and those responsible are brought to justice.

“I had waded into the water and I turned around and there were three men, one holding my fishing rod holder, pointing the sharp end at me and they yelled 'What the (expletive) are you doing here?', I said 'I'm just fishing',” the 55-year-old said.

The three boys apparently then got violent, one thrusting the fishing rod holder toward his torso like a spear.

“I knocked it out of the way and managed to grab it off them. But there was three of them so I didn't want to retaliate, I would've ended up in more trouble, so I receded into the water,” Mr Wilson said.

He said the boys then started yelling obscenities at him and throwing rocks as he dodged and ducked the waves.

“I was just yelling 'I don't want any trouble, why do you want to do this?'”

He said after a short time the men stopped throwing stones and moved down the beach - but not before taking most of his belongings and yelling, “We'll be back for you later.”

Obviously shaken and very distraught, Mr Wilson pulled himself from the surf and got himself home, where he woke his neighbour and called the police.

“After I'd spoken to police I went back down to the beach to see if I could find any of my belongings but I couldn't.

“I found my water bottle at the other end of the beach a few days later.”

He said he found out a few days later there was a party on the beach that night, which he believes the men would have been attending.

The incident took place on April 15 at about 10pm.

With the trauma of the attack too much to bear, Mr Wilson left for a few days to visit his sister in the Gold Coast. He has since returned and is looking forward to moving on.

“I've been fishing for four years and never once have I had this happen to me. I don't want this to happen to anyone else. I'm still quite upset about it all. It's just not right.”

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Coffs Harbour Police on 6652 0299.



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