Brutal attack on golf club manager
POLICE are appealing to the public for information, following the vicious attack of a 41-year-old staff member at the Yamba Golf and Country Club yesterday morning.
The golf club’s assistant manager was in a stable condition at Lismore Base Hospital yesterday after he was violently attacked by four robbers, believed to be armed.
At around 1am, three male staff members from the club had just completed resetting the function room at the golf club, following a big ABBA tribute night on Sunday.
Yamba Golf Club general manager Greg Acret said the staff were sitting down for a quick beer when four men wearing hooded jumpers, long pants, gloves and believed to be armed, smashed their way into the club through a glass panel on a back door.
Upon entering the golf club, the intruders charged the employees and threw rocks and pieces of brick at them.
“Once they (staff) realised what was going on, they made a smart decision to make a run for it,” Mr Acret said.
Three of the employees ran through a door leading into a storeroom.
Police said while the assistant manager attempted to close the door, the other two staff members escaped outside and ran for help.
The assistant manager was not so lucky.
Police said the offenders smashed through the door using a concrete block and then caught the fleeing staff member outside in the loading bay, where he had fallen to the ground.
It was there the intruders savagely attacked the Yamba man, using a fire extinguisher and other items.
The assault left the man with a fractured leg (tibia), broken right thumb, an open head wound and extensive bruising to his ribs and body.
Police said the attackers stole a number of personal items from the victim before fleeing the premises.
The assistant manager was taken by ambulance to Maclean District Hospital, before being transferred to Lismore Base Hospital, where he was in a stable condition late yesterday.
One of the other golf club employees also reported to Maclean District Hospital with a calf muscle injury.
Following the attack police conducted a search of the streets surrounding the golf club and examined the crime scene.
Investigations into the incident are continuing and any information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Yesterday the golf club delayed opening until 11am.
Mr Acret said staff had been shaken by the vicious attack and were all concerned for their colleague’s well-being.
“Obviously staff feel for (name withheld) who’s in a pretty bad way in hospital,” he said.
Mr Acret confirmed nothing had been taken from the club and CCTV footage containing images of the attackers would be handed over to police.
Police are appealing for anyone with information about the assault andattempted armed robbery to contact Yamba police on 6603 0199 or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.