Assaulted man stable in hospital

A COFFS HARBOUR 48-year-old remains in a serious but stable condition after an assault in Coffs Harbour on Anzac Day.

The man became involved in an argument with another man, 29, in the Hoey Moey beer garden at 9.45pm and they were asked to leave by security.

As they were escorted through the beer garden’s western exit, the 48-year-old was allegedly punched in the face and fell heavily to the ground, striking the back of his head on a concrete driveway and knocking him unconscious.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene and the other man ran away.

The 48-year-old was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus with what were initially thought to be minor injuries.

But his condition deteriorated during the night and he was airlifted to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital for emergency surgery on a brain bleed.

He also suffered a fractured skull.

A man has been charged over the incident.

In other news, a young Dorrigo man remains in a critical condition in a Sydney hospital after a nasty car smash in the township last weekend.

Police said the 18-year-old was driving his Nissan Patrol ute east on Waterfall Way at 1am on Saturday when it ran off the road near the Dorrigo Mountain Resort, shot up an embankment and overturned.

The man was unconscious at the scene and was taken in a serious condition to Dorrigo Hospital.

He was later taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus and is now being treated in the intensive care unit of Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital.

He has head injuries, a fractured spine and internal injuries.



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