Scene of the attack. The Pacific Highway in Coffs Harbour
Scene of the attack. The Pacific Highway in Coffs Harbour The Northern Star / Bruce Thomas

Two charged over vicious bashing

A MAN and a woman will face court this morning over a vicious bashing and robbery in Coffs Harbour.

A Coffs Harbour man, 31, had just left the Bailey Centre service station on the Pacific Highway and was walking north towards home at 11.15pm on Monday when a group of seven people approached him.

Police allege he was punched several times in the head, and it is believed his head was then struck with a piece of timber.

The man was knocked to the ground, where he was allegedly kicked repeatedly. While he was down, police allege, his mobile phone and money were stolen.

The battered man staggered back to the service station to raise the alarm. Police arrived a short time later, along with paramedics, who took the man to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

He needed stitches to a cut on his forehead and he was also treated for soreness, swelling and bruising to his face and upper body. He was discharged from hospital early yesterday.

Police established a crime scene and as a result of their investigations, arrested a Coffs Harbour man, 22, and a Coffs Harbour woman, 19, at a Pacific Highway address at 10am. They also seized items from the house for forensic analysis.

The man was later charged with reckless wounding in company, assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company, and affray.

The woman was charged with robbery whilst armed with an offensive weapon, assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company, and affray.

Both were last night refused bail to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court today.

“Police are attempting to identify the alleged co-offenders who are believed to have been active participants in the assault,” Detective Acting Sergeant Matthew Zimmer said.

“These are extremely serious allegations. Police want to reassure the community that we will continue to act swiftly in identifying and arresting people who commit such offences.”

If you saw Monday night's attack, or if you have other information which can help police, you are urged to contact Coffs Harbour detectives on 6652 0299.



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