Vet basher com­mit­tal hear­ing set for May

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page -

THE man ac­cused of lead­ing the un­pro­voked gang bash­ing of two Viet­nam vet­er­ans last Au­gust, Daniel John Howe, will face a three-day com­mit­tal hear­ing on May 14 next year.

Howe, who is in cus­tody at Stu­art, did not ap­pear when his mat­ter was men­tioned in court yes­ter­day.

Howe was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the bru­tal as­sault on vet­er­ans Lau­rie Ballinger and Mike Marr out­side Tom’s Tav­ern on Au­gust 3 this year.

He was the sub­ject of a city-wide man­hunt when he later as­saulted and es­caped a po­lice guard dur­ing a hospi­tal visit. He was re­cap­tured three days later.

Both vet­er­ans suf­fered mul­ti­ple in­juries. Mr Marr had sev­eral op­er­a­tions.

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