Bradley's attacker walking streets
MARION Carter is frustrated that the person who attacked her son and left him fighting for his life in hospital is still walking the streets.
The Yeppoon mum said she was still haunted by images of her teenage son Bradley being hooked up to a life support machine after the September 5 attack.
Three months later Ms Carter told The Morning Bulletin she thinks about the trauma every day.
“The person who done this left Bradley for dead on the side of the road. They could do it again to someone else and next time they might kill someone,” Ms Carter said.
“It’s totally devastated us as a family.
“There’s not a moment in the day that you’re not thinking about what happened, why it happened, who done it.”
Ms Carter said Bradley’s memory of the night was blotchy but that he remembered being chased by a man.
The 19-year-old had left a pub and was walking towards his friend’s house to pick up his push bike so he could ride home.
Bradley remembers trying to escape before he tripped over a median strip. After that, his memory is blank.
Ms Carter will never forget seeing her son in hospital, so brutally bashed that she could only recognise him by his distinguishable eyebrows.
The traumatic images of her son hooked up to tubes and his face badly bruised and battered still give Ms Carter nightmares.
“I still cry today. I know Bradley is on the mend and he will get back to 100%, but I still have pictures of what he looked like when it happened, it just breaks your heart.”
Bradley was in a coma for 10 days at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane after the attack on September 5.
Ms Carter said it was hard to explain what it was like as she sat at Bradley’s bedside day after day, all by herself while her husband, Ken, was forced to keep working in Yeppoon.
“I was on my own and I was just numb because you just don’t know what the outcome will be.
“You’re sitting there and when they’re in a coma you’re just constantly thinking how you’re going to cope when they come out of it, if they have any disabilities or anything like that.”
Bradley’s recovery includes rehab in Rockhampton once a week and he hasn’t been able to return to work yet.
Ms Carter said doctors have told Bradley he might never be able to hold a car licence.
“I’ve stayed positive through it the whole time and we’re just working on keeping his mind active,” she said.
Ms Carter has appealed for anyone with new information that could help police, to come forward.
Acting regional crime coordinator Inspector Paul Elliot said police had spoken with a number of people as part of the investigation.
He said while investigations were continuing, any person who had information regarding the attack should contact police.
As part of investigations, police have trawled through hours of CCTV footage from the Yeppoon CBD taken on the night of the attack.
If you have information that can help police, phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Yeppoon Police on 4939 0000.
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