Man held down, beaten in vicious 'pack' attack

Blood left after the attack on a pub patron in the carpark on the Shamrock Hotel.
Blood left after the attack on a pub patron in the carpark on the Shamrock Hotel. Kevin Farmer

A SICKENING carpark attack by a group of men on a Shamrock Hotel patron has angered the pub's owner Seona Lee.

Mrs Lee was shocked by the severity of Wednesday night's attack after reviewing CCTV footage yesterday.

The footage showed a man being bashed to the ground and then being held while he was kicked in the head.

Hotel staff said the patron had stood up to four men who were acting in a derogatory manner towards a barmaid.

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"The person who got assaulted was speaking to these four guys about the way they were acting towards the barmaid," Mrs Lee said.

She said the man was bashed after the four men followed him out to a carpark at the rear of the pub about 10pm Wednesday.

"They've held him down and kicked his head and everything.

"These are just young blokes.

"I can't comment on what they were thinking but they were like a pack."

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Shamrock Hotel owner Seona Lee.
Shamrock Hotel owner Seona Lee. Kevin Farmer

Nearby patrons, who were inside the pub behind a double glazed window, did not notice the bashing.

However, Mrs Lee's daughter did see the attack from the pub's office and called police as the violence unfolded on a CCTV screen.

They arrived about three minutes later, but the men had fled.

"I applaud the police for getting here so quickly," Mrs Lee said.

The bloodied man had risen to his feet by that time and walked back inside the hotel.

Paramedics treated a 44-year-old man for superficial cuts to his face before he was taken to Toowoomba Hospital.

He was discharged later that night.

Police yesterday charged a 38-year-old Harristown man with assault occasioning bodily harm.

He is due to front Toowoomba Magistrates Court on November 18.

Mrs Lee said none of the men were known to her as regular customers.

"He (the victim) was a patron having a quiet drink."



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