Reconstructive surgery for victim of Goodna hammer attack

LATEST: A man will have to undergo facial reconstruction surgery after he was repeatedly bashed in the head with a hammer.

The 59-year-old had been playing a poker machine at Falvey's Cecil Hotel in Goodna when a man entered the gaming area about 4pm on Wednesday and attacked him with a claw hammer.

The man accused of the assault, Vaotai Palale appeared in the dock at Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said the attack was a "very serious case of unprovoked violence in a public place."

It was alleged Palale, without warning, delivered a number of blows with the hammer to the man's head.

Palale then allegedly left the hotel. Police located him at his Goodna home later that afternoon and he was taken into custody.

Sgt Dick said the victim was transported to the Ipswich General Hospital for treatment and will have to undergo facial reconstruction surgery as a result of his injuries.

He said Palale had made full admissions to police in relation to the assault and that the prosecution had a strong case against the 56-year-old.

Sgt Dick also noted he had a previous conviction for serious violence in 2003, for which he sentenced to 240 hours of community service.

In applying for bail, Palale's lawyer Yassar Khan said the Samoan man was a father of six and was currently the sole carer for five children aged 10 to 19 years.

Mr Khan said the alleged assault was not a random act of violence on a general member of the public.

He said his client and the victim had been known to each other and that the alleged attack seemed to be a "crime of passion".

"It's not the case my client has been driving around with the claw hammer in his car waiting to see this person," Mr Khan said.

"It's something he's picked up after seeing this person on that particular day."

Mr Khan said Palale didn't know where the victim lived and that strict bail conditions could reduce any risk of his client re-offending.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess granted Palale bail on the conditions he reside at his home, and surrender his passport before his release from custody.

Palale was also ordered not to visit the hotel or contact the victim.

The case was adjourned until November 11.

 

UPDATE THURSDAY 10AM: A Goodna father of six accused of repeatedly striking a man in the head with a hammer, has been granted bail.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this morning, Vaotai Palale appeared in the dock charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm.

The 56-year-old allegedly entered the Falvey's Cecil Hotel in Goodna at 4pm yesterday armed with a hammer.

It was alleged Palale entered the gaming area of the hotel and assaulted a 59-year-old man, striking the victim repeatedly in the head.

Palale then left the hotel but was located by police at his Goodna home at 5.30pm.

As a result of the attack, the victim was taken to Ipswich General Hospital for his injuries. He will require facial reconstructive surgery.

In applying for bail, Palale's lawyer Yassar Khan, said Palale was a father of six and was currently the sole carer for five children aged 10 to 19 years.

Mr Khan said his client had a prior conviction for violence but that it was dated 12 years ago.

"He is not your type of recidivist offender," he said.

Mr Khan said alleged assault had been a "crime of passion" and that the victim had not been not a random member of the public.

He said his client had made admissions to police and that strict bail conditions could reduce any risk of reoffending.

In opposing bail, police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said the assault was very serious case of violence in a public place.

"There were a number of blows which came without any warning," he said.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess granted Palale bail on the conditions that he not contact the victim, not visit the hotel and surrender his passport before release.

The case was adjourned until November 11.

 

THURSDAY 6AM: Detectives have charged a man following an alleged assault at a licensed premises in Goodna yesterday afternoon.

At around 4pm a man entered the hotel on Queens Street allegedly armed with a hammer.

Police will allege the man entered the gaming area of the hotel and assaulted a 59-year-old man, striking him in the head with the hammer.

The man then allegedly left the hotel.

Officers conducted enquiries and located the man at a Goodna address at around 5.30pm, where he was taken into custody.

A 59-year-old man was transported to Ipswich Hospital for treatment to his injuries.

A 56-year-old Goodna man has been charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm.

He is due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court today.



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