Chest pains cut court appearance short

A COMMITTAL hearing for assault accused Anthony John Dunn was cut short on Tuesday when the defendant was rushed to hospital with chest pains.

The 30-year-old Grafton man is facing charges over an alleged golf club attack on a South Grafton woman and her daughter during a fit of road rage last May.

He has pleaded not guilty to eight charges, including affray, armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, and the more serious offence of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.

The committal hearing was held to determine whether the evidence was sufficient for the charges to go to trial, but Dunn became unwell half an hour into proceedings.

Looking increasingly uncomfortable in the dock, Dunn notified Corrective Services officers that he was suffering chest pains.

A doctor who was giving evidence at the hearing, Alistair McInnes, was brought back into court to treat the defendant.

Dunn was taken to Grafton Base Hospital and discharged in a stable condition later that day.

The hearing was cancelled and the matter adjourned to April 6.

Dr McInnes, director of the accident and emergency department at Grafton Base Hospital, was the only person on Tuesday to provide testimony before the hearing was suspended.

He gave evidence about victim Kate Brighton's injuries, saying that he diagnosed a compounded fracture across her nasal bridge.

However, he told the court that this diagnosis was not confirmed by the radiologist, who interpreted Ms Brighton's x-ray as indicating the fracture looked like it was from an old injury.

The severity of Ms Brighton's injuries will determine whether she suffered 'grievous bodily harm', as alleged by the Department of Public Prosecutions.

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