Man fights for life after pub fight

A 20-YEAR-OLD man is fighting for his life after smashing his head on a kerb during a brawl outside a hotel.

Detectives were yesterday trying to unravel the sequence of events that led to the man's horrific head and spinal injuries when he was either king-hit or crash-tackled during scenes of brutal mayhem in the street outside The Middlemount Hotel in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Ambulance staff stabilised the man and took him to Middlemount Airfield from where he was airlifted by rescue helicopter to Rockhampton Hospital.

His condition was described yesterday as critical but stable and improving.

Regional crime coordinator Cal Lynch said at least two simultaneous fights erupted at the hotel just after midnight and it appeared a number of men were brawling when the man suffered his sickening injuries.

The investigation is being conducted by Criminal Investigation Branch officers based in Moranbah and Detective Inspector Lynch said officers would endeavour to ascertain the facts and discover who was responsible. He said the brawl appeared to be “liquor-related”.

“Police are investigating how he came to hit his head on the roadway. We know a number of persons were fighting in Alfred Quinn Drive, outside the hotel,” said a police statement.

Detectives have so far made no arrests but are planning to interview more people today.

The pub was closed at the time of the incident and a spokesman there yesterday said there had been no sign of trouble earlier in the evening.

“We close at midnight. There's never any trouble here,” she said.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Cedric Marshall said he was shocked to hear of the violence in the mining town but stressed it was an isolated and extremely rare event.

A spokesman for Rockhampton Hospital said a number of people were transferred from Middlemount in the early hours of Saturday for treatment and one had since been transferred to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service said the patient was sedated and treated by a paramedic prior to the flight from Middlemount to Rockhampton.



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