Backyard bashing charges
By IAN THOMSON
POLICE have charged a man over the bashing of a Yamba businessman last Friday night.
Surveyor Michael Harrison spent five days in the Lismore Base Hospital's intensive care unit after the assault in the backyard of his home in Little High Street, Yamba.
He suffered six fractured ribs and a partially-collapsed lung.
Sergeant Volker Ruehe of Yamba police said a 27-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, interviewed and charged with three counts of assault.
The charges include two of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Sgt Ruehe said the man charged over the attack was released on conditional bail and will appear in Maclean Local Court on July 12.
Mr Harrison, who runs Yamba Surveys in Coldstream Street with his wife Wendy Shepherd, spent Friday night in Maclean District Hospital before being taken by ambulance to Lismore on Saturday morning.
The 49-year-old was released from intensive care on Wednesday night.
Mr Harrison told The Daily Examiner from his hospital bed yesterday that he expected to be released and back home in Yamba some time over the weekend.
"I'm pretty sore and I'm told it will be three months before I'm back to normal," he said.