Brothers on trial after brawl

TWO brothers who allegedly kicked a man in the head, breaking both sides of his jaw, during a Yeppoon brawl, have been committed to stand trial.

Ricky Vaughan is charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm, three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of public nuisance and Daniel Vaughan is charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm.

A brawl erupted between two rival Capricorn Coast gangs outside a Magpie Avenue home on February 6, where a farewell party was being held.

Yesterday, a party reveller told the court that when a group of about 20 arrived at the party they yelled out, “We’re Parkies”.

The Rockhampton Magistrates Court had previously been told that people from Emu Park were called Parkies and people from Yeppoon were called Poonies.

The witness said the group was turned away from the party but did not leave the front of the residence.

He said he sensed trouble and decided to leave the party, but as he got a few metres away a brawl began outside and he watched parts of it evolve.

The witness, 18, told the court he saw one man get “knocked out”, another man kicked to the head and another elbowed to the head.

He did not know who assaulted the first two people, but said Ricky had assaulted the third person he saw.

A number of other people at the party have given evidence during the two-day committal hearing.

Nathan Reynolds’ jaw was fractured on both sides, Ben Groves suffered face injuries and Leo Graves allegedly suffered a fractured skull, each from attacks on them.

A date has yet to be set for the trial.



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