Seven charged over pub brawl

A FAMILY brawl involving eight women at a South Grafton pub on the weekend has left one with a broken nose and another with a suspected back fracture.

Several other people sustained injuries in a related confrontation outside a South Grafton home two hours later.

Yesterday, seven people had been charged over the violence.

The brawl began at the Australian Hotel about 4pm Sunday. Two women aged 22 and 38 were injured.

Two hours later, there was another violent altercation involving a large crowd at a home in Robina Way, South Grafton.

Several people sustained minor injuries and a number of windows were damaged, but the crowd had dispersed by the time police arrived.

Officers later went to a house on Blanch Parade and arrested three men and a woman.

Rocky Walker, 44, has been charged with use/threatening violence causing fear for personal safety and breaching an apprehended violence order.

He was granted conditional bail in Grafton Local Court yesterday.

Baryulgil man Walter James Donnelly, 23, is facing the same charges as Walker, plus that of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and breaching bail.

Donnelly was on bail at the time of his arrest for another offence. He was refused bail yesterday.

Both men had their charges adjourned to April 20.

A male, 17, was charged with affray, assault and breach of bail over the Robina Way incident, while a woman, 38, was charged with affray and released on bail to appear on April 6.

Three women were later arrested from the Robina Way property and charged over the pub brawl. They face charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company and affray.

They were granted conditional bail to appear at court on April 6.

Police allege that Rocky Walker and about 20 family members attacked the South Grafton home and family of Malcom Walker using bricks, sticks and bottles.

Chief Inspector Shane Cribb said police would not tolerate such behaviour.

He said police were still investigating the brawls and more arrests and charges were likely.

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