News

Hand hacked after catfight

A MAN'S hand was almost hacked off and another four people were in hospital after an alleged machete attack sparked by a fight over the ownership of a cat.

The incident happened on the outskirts of Gympie on Thursday night.

A man was in custody yesterday, another had been

released on bail and seven people were being questioned as police pieced

together the events that led to the bloody violence in the middle of Oak St just before midnight.

Two machetes, a hammer and a steering wheel brace are alleged to have been used in the fight.

Gympie police said yesterday they received multiple 000 calls about 11.30pm on Thursday from residents of the normally peaceful residential street.

They arrived at the scene to find five people lying on the ground, bleeding from various cuts.

A machete blade had gone through the bone of one man's arm.

The injured people were treated at the scene by police and ambulance officers

before being taken to Gympie Hospital. Gympie police officer-in-charge Snr Sgt Graeme Reeves said one man surrendered to police and was taken into custody.

Oak St looked like a battlefield yesterday, with police tape establishing a crime scene across the front yards of three homes, and blood all over the bitumen, in the gutters and on one driveway.

Pools of it were still visible in the grass on the other side of the street. Bloodied bandages and items of clothing also were strewn about.

A car parked outside one of the houses was dented and streaked with blood.

Topics:  cat, injury, machete attack




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Support coming for Hogan, but Saffin still Page favourite

Bookies have ALP challenger Janelle Saffin still in front of sitting Nationals member Kevin Hogan in the seat of Page.

Bookies have the odds shortening for incumbent Kevin Hogan in Page.

Kane is able to retake field for Queensland Reds

Australia’s Kane Douglas is taken from the field injured during the Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia.

Kane Douglas set to take field for first time since Rugby World Cup

What’s tougher: working or being a mum?

What's tougher: working or being a mum?

Each have their challenges, but what is tougher?

Latest deals and offers

Hey Mumma

What's tougher: working or being a mum?

What's tougher: working or being a mum?

FINAL PITCH: Janelle Saffin - ALP

Janelle Saffin makes her pitch for why people should vote for her in the federal...

FINAL PITCH: Kevin Hogan - The Nationals

Kevin Hogan opens Oaks Oval in Lismore.

Kevin Hogan makes his pitch for reelection to the seat of Page

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%

DIY: How to build a backyard fire pit

DIY stars and Weekend magazine columnists Ayden and Jess Hogan.

Would you build this for your backyard?