Accused offender Jesse Donaghy has been released on bail. Picture: Instagram
Accused offender Jesse Donaghy has been released on bail. Picture: Instagram

Simple request sparked vicious lift assault: Police

A QUEENSLAND man accused of assaulting a 64-year-old woman and brutally stomping on her friend's head in a fight over lift etiquette has been freed on bail.

Jesse Donaghy.
Jesse Donaghy.

Jesse William Leslie Donaghy, 21, a labourer from Currumbin, was in custody for more than two months before Supreme Court Justice Jean Dalton granted him bail on Wednesday.

Donaghy was freed on 23 charges, including the serious assault of 64-year-old Southport woman Ailene Patricia Treadaway and the assault of her friend Jeremy Rhys Hill, in what police allege was a brutal bashing triggered by a fight over who should get out of the lift first in a luxury building.

Donaghy allegedly punched, then "stomped" on Mr Hill's head and kicked his head "several times" while Hill lay on the ground after he was set upon by Donaghy and his co-accused Mitchell Paul Wyles in the foyer of the Sundale building, Southport's tallest residential tower, according to documents tendered to court.

Donaghy also shoved Mrs Treadaway during the wild brawl, "causing her to fall back into the elevator and its rail", the Queensland Police Service court brief states.

Mr Hill told police that it began when Mrs Treadaway asked four men allegedly including Donaghy and Wyles, who were entering a lift as she was trying to exit with Mr Hill, "Can we please get out first?".

"Why don't you get f---ed, you f---ing c---," Wyles is alleged to have told the pair as he entered the lift, around 5.30pm on December 16.

Mr Hill said he then pushed Wyles away from Mrs Treadaway because he felt Wyles' manner was dangerous, the QPS brief states.

Wyles allegedly retaliated by punching Mr Hill in the head while they were in the elevator, then the brawl spilled out into the lobby.

The entire brawl was captured on CCTV, and did not end until security separated them, the court was told.

The incident occurred while Donaghy was on parole and serving a suspended sentence, the court heard.

His Queensland criminal history, which includes violence, nuisance-style offences and drugs offences was tendered in court.

Mrs Treadway suffered bruising on her elbow, upper chest, both wrists and her lips. Mr Hill had bruises on his head and cheeks, and lips, police alleged.

Donaghy was also bailed by Justice Dalton on charges including cocaine trafficking, production and supply, and possession of knuckledusters found at his rented waterfront Labrador apartment on January 31.

The cocaine trafficking and production charges were dropped by prosecutors in Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Police alleged they found a cocaine "ledger" in the Labrador apartment he shared with girlfriend, medical receptionist Jessie Andison on January 31 which showed Donaghy had sold $290,000 worth of coke.

Prosecutor Erin Kelly told Wednesday's hearing that Donaghy remains charged with possession of 103g of cocaine worth $36,000, 130g of steroid tablets, knuckledusters, live ammunition and various drug paraphernalia and a small packet of oral jelly Viagra.

He has made admissions to possession of cocaine, police alleged.

The case returns to Southport Magistrates Court on May 23.

Conditions of his bail include not leaving the state, surrender of his passport, daytime rehabilitation classes, and a ban on weapons or drugs.

He has a curfew and must live with his mother, medical receptionist Alison Sutton in Currumbin.

He had previously been working as a labourer at Focus Facades.

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