Goodna assault victim's life hangs in the balance
IT WAS a route that Lindsay Roy Ede walked almost religiously.
From his home in Redbank - where he is the full-time carer for his partner - to his brother's house in Goodna .
Family members believe Mr Ede would have been in a jovial mood as he neared his destination.
Yet, for reasons which remain a mystery, Mr Ede found himself the target of what police can only describe as "an appalling act of random and unprovoked violence."
Mr Ede was allegedly approached by a stranger and punched in the face while walking along Albert St, Goodna on Monday afternoon.
He fell to the ground and hit his head, resulting in a catastrophic injury which has already required surgeons to remove a part of the skull to relieve pressure on the brain.
The father-of-four remained on life support in the PA Hospital yesterday afternoon.
Despite the grim outlook, Mr Ede's brother Terry Bishop said family were trying to remain positive.
"They've got him on a machine that helps him breathe - they say that every second breath is his own," Mr Bishop said.
"We have been told to prepare for the worst. As a family we are all sticking together for Lindsay.
"He is a fighter, a battler and a warrior.
"At this point in time we are just praying for him."
Mr Ede's family was still grieving the recent death of another member of the family when they received the news on Monday afternoon.
Garry Appleton - a brother of Mr Ede and Mr Bishop - died about three weeks ago.
Mr Bishop said his brother was looking forward to coming over on Monday to visit while their mum, Lynette Appleton, was over.
Mr Ede, a father of two sons and two daughters who is also the full-time carer for his partner, was looking forward to turning 55 on Monday.
Family described him as a placid and generous man who would not hurt another person.
"I just cannot believe that someone could be so callous to even pick on him," Mr Bishop said.
The man charged with assaulting Mr Ede appeared in the dock at Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.
Ariik Mayot, 19, of Redbank Plains, has been charged with grievous bodily harm.
The young defendant dropped his head into his hands when police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick told the court that Mr Ede's life was in the balance.
"(Police allege) this is an appalling act of random and unprovoked violence," Sgt Dick said.
Magistrate Roger Stark adjourned the application for bail for one week, as it is probable that the charge of grievous bodily harm will be upgraded to unlawful striking causing death if Mr Ede does not survive.
If that is the case Mayot would be the first person in Queensland charged with the new offence, which was introduced late last year in reaction to the outcry against lethal one-punch assaults.
Facing a string of unrelated charges, Mayot was remanded in custody, with the case to be heard again at Ipswich on June 30.