Man assaulted outside hotel

ONE man is in custody, three others are on bail and two are at large following the vicious assault of a patron who was knocked unconscious outside a Warwick hotel on Friday evening.

A Warwick Police Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) spokesman said a 31-year-old man was enjoying a few drinks at the Horse and Jockey Hotel about 7.30pm on Friday, when it is understood he became involved in a conversation with a number of other males on the footpath on Victoria Street.

The CIB spokesman said the closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras were rolling when the encounter – which appears to have erupted over a request for a cigarette – quickly turned ugly.

“The 31-year-old victim of the assault was attacked by a group of six other males who repeatedly punched and kicked him and smashed a bottle of alcohol over his head,” the spokesman said.

“The CCTV footage also shows them stomping on his head and he sustained cuts to his head, face and mouth as well as bruising and he was rendered unconscious.

“Police were called and due to the extra police presence in Warwick for the rodeo we were able to arrest four of those involved in the assault.

“The other two are still outstanding, one of whom is a juvenile.”

The CIB spokesman described the assault as “cowardly” and similar to violent incidents becoming more commonplace in larger centres, including Fortitude Valley in Brisbane.

One of those alleged to have taken part in the assault, Brendan Boney, 19, appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court on Saturday morning.

Police opposed his application for bail as he was already on bail for another matter and Boney was remanded in custody.

The other three also charged with assault occasioning bodily harm were released on bail and are due to appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court on November 16.

All six males captured by CCTV were of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) appearance.

Tame rodeo

The incident was unrelated to the Warwick Rodeo, where crowds were generally well-behaved.

Police had a relatively hassle-free night on Saturday, with a number of notices to appear in court handed out to unruly revellers charged with public nuisance and refusing to move on when directed by police.

A number of intoxicated patrons were ejected from the showgrounds.

Police attributed the overall good behaviour to a heightened police attendance, including officers from the Public Safety Response Team (PSRT) based at Ipswich.

Police have also praised the Show and Rodeo Society policy of serving only mid-strength alcohol after 7pm, pointing to this as a factor behind the lack of incidents.

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