Ballina teens charged with assault
TWO local men are fighting for their lives after two separate violent assaults over the weekend.
Two Ballina teenagers yesterday appeared via video link in Parramatta Childrens Court charged with assault on a 43-year-old man early Saturday morning.
The victim, from East Ballina, is on life-support following the attack which is alleged to have happened near the corner of Cherry and Borton Sts, Ballina, about 1.30am on Saturday.
The man was returning home along Cherry Street after socialising in town when he came across four males fighting in the street, police said.
It is alleged that the man became involved in an altercation with two of these males and was found lying unconscious on the roadway and bleeding from the head a short time later.
A witness rang 000 and the man was airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital where he remains in a critical and unstable condition with head injuries and a possible fractured spine.
Police arrested two teenage boys, aged 15 and 16, nearby a short time after the incident.
The teenagers, both from Ballina, have been charged with recklessly cause grievous bodily harm, enter dwelling with intent and affray and were refused bail.
They were remanded with their case adjourned after appearing in Parramatta Bail Court yesterday morning.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact Ballina detectives or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
In a separate, unrelated incident around midnight on Friday a 19-year-old Lismore man was viciously assaulted while walking home along Uralba St, near Hunter St.
The man is alleged to have been attacked by a group of five young men of Aboriginal appearance.
During the assault it is alleged one of the offenders armed himself with a large rock which was thrown at the victim, striking him on the head.
The victim sustained a compressed skull fracture in the forehead and his brain was exposed.
The victim was able to make his way to the entrance of Lismore Base Hospital where a security guard provided assistance.
The guard chased after the alleged attackers then returned to help the victim.
The man remains in a serious but stable condition in Lismore Base Hospital and will be operated on this morning.
Police established a crime scene at the area and a large rock was seized which will be forensically examined.
Lismore detectives are continuing their inquiries and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
One person of interest in the assault has been described as being of Aboriginal appearance, 14-16 years old, 140cm tall, thin build, shoulder-length curly hair wearing dark jumper and pants.
The other males have also been described as being of Aboriginal appearance.
Witnesses can contact Lismore detectives via Lismore Police Station on 66 26 0599.