Woman needs facial reconstruction after savage beating

A ROCKHAMPTON mother yesterday needed her entire face reconstructed after being brutally bashed by an intruder in her home.

The 34-year-old was flown to a Brisbane Hospital with seri- ous facial injuries, including a fractured jaw and suspected broken ribs.

She was reported to be in a stable condition yesterday afternoon.

Her alleged attacker, 51, who cannot be named, did not enter a plea yesterday.

He was refused bail in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court and remanded in custody.

Magistrate Bronwyn Springer deemed him an unacceptable risk of committing further offences and endangering the victim's safety.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Kay Schick alleged the man, known to the victim, had broken into her Farm Street unit about 4.30pm on Thursday, by kicking in the front door.

Senior Constable Schick said he had repeatedly kicked and punched the woman in front of her one-year-old child.

She described the injuries sustained as "absolutely horrific''.

Hospital staff had found it "very hard to determine what (the victim's) face had looked like''.

In objecting to bail, Senior Constable Schick highlighted the man's lengthy criminal history.

He is charged with offences including grievous bodily harm, and break and enter and commit violence.

He is due to appear in court again on September 15.



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