Man in court for Anzac Day assault

A MAN will face court next month over a serious assault in Coffs Harbour on Anzac Day.

Police said that at 9.45pm, two Coffs Harbour men, aged 29 and 48, became involved in an argument in the Hoey Moey beer garden and were asked to leave by security.

As they were escorted through the beer garden’s western exit, police said, 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.

His condition deteriorated during the night, however, and he was airlifted to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital for emergency surgery on a brain bleed. He also suffered a fractured skull.

His condition yesterday was reported to be serious but stable.

On Monday afternoon, the 29-year-old attended Coffs Harbour Police Station where he was interviewed and subsequently charged with recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was released on conditional bail to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on May 17.

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