AS A 43-year-old Koongal man lies fighting for his life in hospital, his alleged attacker remains behind bars.
Mathew Graham Reed Chilly was refused bail yesterday after spending two nights in the watch house.
Police arrested the 24-year-old man in the Rockhampton CBD early Saturday morning in relation to a brutal assault on the Fitzroy Bridge.
He fronted the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday charged with one count of causing grievous bodily harm.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Shaun Janes alleged Chilly and the victim became involved in an argument, during which the victim was knocked to the ground.
Snr Const Janes said the victim hit his head on a railing as he fell.
It is alleged Chilly then stomped on the victim's head four times.
Snr Const Janes said the victim was still in a critical condition in the intensive care unit at the Rockhampton Hospital.
Solicitor Shayne Studdert made an application for bail on Chilly's behalf.
He said his client, who is a father to five young children, admitted he was involved in the incident, but claimed it was a "consensual fight".
"This is not a random attack," Mr Studdert said.
"But the full facts are yet to be disclosed."
However, Snr Const Janes told the court the defendant had a history of violence and failing to appear.
Bail was refused and the matter was adjourned to July 9.
No plea was entered.