Duo face court over alleged assault
A PAIR of Warwick men yesterday exited Warwick courthouse handcuffed to each other and facing a long night in the cells.
John Ambrose Winsor, 22, and his co-accused David James McMahon, 24, are alleged to have assaulted two men at the John Dee meatworks on Monday night.
They briefly appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon in relation to the charges but were remanded in police custody overnight.
A spokesman for the Warwick Police Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) yesterday said police would allege that the duo had lain in wait outside the abattoir for two male employees to finish work at 10.45pm on Monday.
"It is understood that the encounter is part of an ongoing dispute between these individuals," the CIB spokesman said.
"Police will allege there was an altercation and the two male meatworks employees were assaulted with a broom handle and were threatened with a knife.
"One of them received a cut to head from the knife and both required treatment at the Warwick Hospital."
The spokesman said Winsor and McMahon were placed in custody in the Warwick watchhouse, after being charged with assault occasioning bodily harm while armed.
"Winsor was further charged with separate assault offences and with stealing personal property from one of the alleged assault victims, before leaving the scene," he said.
"That property, which consisted of a backpack containing a mobile phone and other personal items, was later recovered from a Warwick address."
The duo will reappear in the Warwick Magistrates Court this morning after obtaining legal advice.