Man bashed and robbed

A JURY in the District Court at Grafton has heard how a 27-year-old man and his two unknown accomplices bashed and robbed a Woolgoolga man after he fell down a flight of stairs and broke his leg.

The trial of Robert Kingsley Corowa, of Banora Point, began yesterday with the Crown outlining its case.

The jury of eight women and four men also began hearing evidence from the first prosecution witness, the victim of the attack, Raymond Charles McMaster.

The Crown alleges that on the night of August 23 last year, Mr McMaster had returned to his two-storey home after spending the afternoon with members of his family at the Woolgoolga Bowling Club.

He said he had finished a meal and was having some drinks alone listening to music.

After midnight he heard someone calling his name and walked out onto his verandah.

He saw a maxi-taxi or courtesy bus on the road and also saw someone standing below in the darkness.

Believing it was a friend, known as ‘Jethro’, he invited him inside for a drink.

However, when going downstairs to greet his visitor, Mr McMaster slipped down a wooden staircase and broke his leg.

The Crown said Mr McMaster lay in agony at the bottom of the stairs, while the man, who he described as ‘dark skinned’, ignored his pleas for help and went into his house.

Two other men, who had been on the courtesy bus, joined him, the court heard.

The men punched Mr McMaster repeatedly and attempted to choke him with a bed sheet. He yelled for help and the men left, stealing Mr McMaster’s Landcruiser Prado.

The trial continues today.

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