Constable Peter Moore with the long bow used to shoot a Yeppoon man.
Constable Peter Moore with the long bow used to shoot a Yeppoon man.

Arrow attack victim sues shooter

SITTING in a pool of his blood, John William Wilson looked down at the arrow sticking out of his leg and thought his time had come.

The arrow had torn through the top of his thigh, its tip going all the way to the other side.

Mr Wilson, 25, feared a ruptured artery.

He was taken to Rockhampton Hospital and immediately operated upon; waking a few hours later with 50 staples in his leg from the 20cm cut doctors had to make to remove the arrow.

Now, more than two years after the incident and with his attacker sentenced to a lengthy jail term Mr Wilson has launched a legal bid for compensation.

He has lodged a claim in the District Court at Rockhampton against Clifford Andrew Coverdale, who was sentenced to a four-year jail term, to be suspended after 16 months, in relation to the shooting.

The attack occurred after he and Coverdale had a row while fishing.

They left together, but on the way home in the car, Coverdale slammed on the brakes and an argument erupted on the side of the road.

Mr Wilson started to walk home with another person who had been fishing with them.

By the time he got back to Coverdale’s house, where the other person also lived, the attacker was waiting with the bow and arrow.

“I saw he had the bow and arrow in his hands with the arrow drawn back pointing straight at my chest,” Mr Wilson said in a statement to the court.

“I thought my life was over, I thought he was going to kill me.

“The next thing I remember I felt the arrow go into my left thigh.

“I was shocked. I looked down and saw a lot of blood coming out of my leg. I remember thinking I was going to bleed to death.”

Mr Wilson said the attack had changed his life.

He suffers pain and cramps in his leg and can no longer work in his former job on trawlers.



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