Man's horrific injuries in steel-cap boot attack

A SOUTH Grafton man has been left with horrific facial injuries after a harrowing assault on the weekend.

The 43-year-old man is in a stable condition in a Queensland hospital and facing the prospect of reconstructive surgery, having sustained multiple injuries in the attack, including complex fractures of the nose, eye socket and cheekbones.

A 25-year-old man has been charged over the incident, which happened at about 1pm on Saturday and was allegedly the result of a dispute over an apparent relationship between the victim and the alleged attacker's girlfriend.

It is alleged the man confronted the victim at a Carlton St address in South Grafton, immediately striking the victim before he tackled him to the ground.

Police said the attacker then delivered a large number of kicks to the 43-year-old man's head while wearing steel toe-capped boots.

"The allegation is that the victim received up to 20 blows to his face with a boot, so he was kicked up to 20 times," Coffs Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said.

Insp Jameson said the victim lost consciousness as a result of the attack and was airlifted to a Queensland hospital after being driven by ambulance to Grafton Base Hospital.

"The advice that we have received is that the injuries are quite substantiative and require significant surgery to rectify those injuries," Insp Jameson said.

The 25-year old was arrested at the scene and taken to Grafton Police Station, where he was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was refused bail to appear in Grafton Local Court yesterday.

Insp Jameson said the case was a vicious assault based on a high school-style grievance.

"We believe from our inquiries thus far that this had to do with a sexual relationship between the victim and a person known to the alleged offender and that relationship was discovered on Facebook," he said.

"Mature adults don't behave in this manner.

"Our focus is on support to the victim and other persons affected by the assault."

Insp Jameson said an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the alleged assault would determine whether other charges would be considered.

"At this stage we will allege that the offender had an intent to cause either death or very serious harm to the victim and our investigations are continuing in respect to that," he said.

"Our investigations have revealed a very intense dislike that the offender had to the victim."



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