Andrew Conolon, who was punched outside his house, is looking for witnesses.
Andrew Conolon, who was punched outside his house, is looking for witnesses. Adam Hourigan

Police seek witnesses of bashing

COPPING a hiding from a stranger in broad daylight is hardly the perfect way for anyone to spend any given Friday.

But for Andrew Conolon, 50, of Grafton, the damage is greater than most.

Mr Conolon suffers from Huntington’s disease – a neurodegenerative disorder that affects muscle co-ordination and leads to cognitive decline.

His wife, Carol, is hoping a witness to the assault will come forward and help in any future legal proceedings.

The incident occurred when a small red hatchback carrying four people, three men and a woman, pulled up in front of the Conolon home at 263 Prince Street, Grafton, at 12.30pm on Friday.

Two of the occupants were known to Mr Conolon, who had walked out to see the vehicle, but the two occupants at the rear of the vehicle, a man and a woman, were unknown to him, he said.

Mr Conolon said he was peering into the back of the car to see if he could recognise this person who was at the front of his home.

“He (the man in the back) said ‘stop perving at my girlfriend’ and he got out of the car and took a hit at me,” Mr Conolon said pointing at his eye.

Mr Conolon said he wasn’t sure of what happened then but he knew that he didn’t fall.

Mr Conolon’s daughter, Amy, who witnessed the incident, said another man tried to hit her father.

“There was this car, a white four-wheel-drive, that pulled up across the road and the man saw the whole thing ... he came over after they took off and asked if he was okay and if we wanted him to call the police,” Amy said.

“At the time I said ‘no’ but I realise now I should have said ‘yes’.”

The Conolon family have appealed for the man who witnessed the assault to make a statement to Grafton police who can be contacted on 6642 0222.

Grafton police said several statements had been obtained about the case and encouraged any witnesses to step forward.



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