Trio walks in Grindlay bash case
By DARRYN NUFER
A ROCKHAMPTON magistrate has dropped charges against three accused in the bashing of Nathan Grindlay.
The Rockhampton man was bashed, allegedly by a group armed with fence palings and liquor bottles outside the Gladstone Road Pipe Band Hall last year, which left him fighting for his life in a Brisbane hospital.
Yesterday in a closed court, Magistrate Bronwyn Springer acquitted an 18year-old and a 17-year-old, who cannot be identified because they were children at the time of Mr Grindlay's bashing, as well as Kenneth William Bone, 18.
They had each been charged with causing grievous bodily harm, and assault occasioning bodily harm in company on Jamie Francis Brady, who had also been at the Pipe Band Hall.
Magistrate Springer cited insufficient evidence that they were a party to the offences.
Outside the court, Mr Grindlay, accompanied by his parents, said only: "I'm disappointed, but I'm not allowed to comment, sorry .... I could be better, but that's all, thank you.''
Also yesterday, Clinton Wade Taylor, 18, and a 17year-old (child) were committed to trial at a date to be advised.
Taylor is charged with intent to do/does grievous bodily harm to Mr Grindlay, and assault occasioning bodily harm in company on Mr Brady.
The 17-year-old is charged with assault occasioning bodily harm in company on Mr Grindlay, and assault occasioning bodily harm on Andrew John Farlow.
Meanwhile, four others have already been committed to trial. They are Richard Steven Saunders, 18, Jason Scott Tilberoo, 21, Lee William Oram, 24, and a 16-year-old (child).
Furthermore, an 18-yearold (child) has pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Grindlay and is yet to be sentenced.