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Three charged with brutal bashing

A WITNESS watched a man jump off the ground and land on Cale Archer's chest as he was bashed unconscious on a Rockhampton street.

That was the version of events told to a Rockhampton Magistrates Court committal hearing yesterday.

Sacked Central Comets player Russell Webber along with Lee Garven and Michael Fitzgerald have been committed to stand trial in the District Court for grievous bodily harm in relation to the February 7 incident.

A second sacked Comets player, Nathan Barraclough has already pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm for throwing the first punch that knocked Mr Archer to the ground.

The accused men claim Mr Archer, 19, threw rocks at their car after he and his mates were told not to push-in at the McDonald's drive thru.

A resident who lives across the road from where Mr Archer was found unconscious said he heard the group being chased by Webber and his mates.

The Murray Street man said he heard voices yelling, “You better run you dog. We're going to kill you.”

Moments later he said he saw one guy “king hit” Mr Archer, knocking him to the ground before the others started kicking him.

The man admitted the street wasn't very well lit but said although he was 30 metres away he saw one man jump on Mr Archer's chest.

Judging by the attack the neighbour said he thought Mr Archer would have had broken ribs and needed more than only his busted lip stitched up.

Mr Archer yesterday told the court he could barely remember anything about the night he was bashed.

His friends said they were walking through the drive thru because the restaurant had closed. They denied throwing rocks at any cars.

Mr Archer said he could vaguely remember being chased and when he woke up in hospital his lip had been stitched up and there was some bleeding on his brain.

Yesterday Mr Archer said he had made almost a complete recovery with no ongoing side effects or surgery.

Barraclough admitted he confessed to police that he had punched Mr Archer in the head to prove he didn't cause the bleeding on his brain.

Arresting officer Senior Constable Nathan McCormack denied police offered Nathan Barraclough a lower charge to implicate the other men.



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