IN AGONY: William Dengate.
IN AGONY: William Dengate.

Home and scared



WILLIAM Dengate is in constant pain after intruders bashed him with a dumbbell and a didgeridoo in his Yeppoon home.

"I've been in agony .?.?. my jaw is just aching, I haven't been able to sleep at night,'' he said.

Mr Dengate said he was sitting on the couch of his William Street home about 8pm last Wednesday when a group of about five people burst into his house.

At least two of the men assaulted him, hitting him repeatedly with the metal weight and didgeridoo, breaking his jaw before fleeing. The 32-year-old was taken to Rockhampton Hospital and then flown to the Royal Brisbane Hospital, where he had four plates inserted in his face.

A doctor told him one more blow would have killed him. "(During the attack) I just kept thinking of my family and that I wanted to hold on.''

He said he was scared to return home and had moved in with two friends for protection.

While he knew his attackers, Mr Dengate yesterday said he had no idea why they had attacked him.

"I only know of them because it's such a small town.''

Two men were arrested by Yeppoon police on Friday and charged with grievous bodily harm.

A 31-year-old man appeared before Rockhampton Magistrates Court that afternoon but was denied bail and was remanded to reappear on June 19.

His 39-year-old co-accused was issued with a notice to appear in Yeppoon Magistrates Court next month.

Yeppoon CIB Detective Sergeant Andrew Broadfoot said investigations were continuing into the attack.



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