Row over be­ing ‘ cut off’ in traf­fic ends in at­tack

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - RACHELR RI­LEY

PO­LICE are hop­ing wit­nesses can help them find a man who at­tacked another man with a tyre iron in a vi­o­lent road rage at­tack in K Kir­wan on Tues­day night.

A 37- year- old man and his wife pulled into a shop­ping cen­tre on Her­veys Range Rd about 7pm when they were at­tacked by a m man from another ve­hi­cle.

The man suf­fered a cut t to his fore­head and arm.

A MAN was hit over the head with a tyre iron in a vi­o­lent road rage at­tack in Kir­wan, with po­lice ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to come for­ward as they hunt for the of­fender.

A 37- year- old man and his wife pulled into a shop­ping cen­tre car park on Her­veys Range Rd just af­ter 7pm on Tues­day when the pair were ap­proached by a man from another ve­hi­cle.

Po­lice be­lieve there was an ar­gu­ment about some­one be­ing “cut off” in traf­fic, be­fore the man re­turned to his ve­hi­cle, grabbed a tyre iron and at­tacked the 37- year- old man, leav­ing him with a lac­er­a­tion to his fore­head and arm. The man was taken to Townsville Hos­pi­tal in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

Kir­wan of­fi­cer- in- charge act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Bren­ton Webb said po­lice of­fi­cers were try­ing to ob­tain se­cu­rity cam­era footage of the in­ci­dent.

“I would en­cour­age any wit­ness who has not al­ready pro- vided their de­tails to po­lice to con­tact Kir­wan po­lice sta­tion or Crime Stop­pers,” he said.

“This is quite a con­cern­ing at­tack. There is no need for mi­nor traf­fic sit­u­a­tions to erupt into vi­o­lence.”

The road rage at­tack was the first of two se­ri­ous as­saults on Tues­day night. In the sec­ond in­ci­dent, a taxi driver was al­legedly struck in the head out­side a bot­tle shop in Mund­ing­burra about 9.40pm.

Pic­nic Bay man James Wil­liams, 29, was ar­rested over the at­tack and was re­fused bail in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court yesterday where he faced a charge of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm. It will be al­leged three pas­sen­gers were ex­it­ing the taxi at a drive- through bot­tle shop on Ross River Rd at Mund­ing­burra when one of the male pas­sen­gers be­came abu­sive and con­fronted the driver. The male taxi driver, 28, was al­legedly struck in the head sev­eral times.

The driver sus­tained fa­cial in­juries and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Wil­liams will re­main in cus­tody un­til his next court ap­pear­ance on Septem­ber 11.

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