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7 October, 2020

Lockhart River teacher stabbed

A man has been charged with grievous bodily harm and common assault after allegedly assaulting a 25-year-old woman at Lockhart River last night.

By Phil Brandel

A man has been charged with grievous bodily harm and common assault after allegedly assaulting a 25-year-old woman at Lockhart River last night.

Just after 9.30pm, the man allegedly approached the woman at her Blady Grass Street residence seeking medication and a glass of water.

The woman came out to her front veranda and gave the man some water before he allegedly attacked her by punching and stabbing her.

A nearby neighbour, a 49-year-old woman, attempted to intervene before the man allegedly assaulted her as well and ran off.

The 25-year-old woman was flown to Cairns Hospital suffering serious non-life-threatening wounds to her arms, legs, stomach and face.

Lockhart River Mayor Wayne Butcher released a statement condeming the behaviour.  “Firstly I’d like to extend my strongest support to our school teachers and staff in Lockhart River for behaviour which is beyond acceptable in any circumstances – behaviour which is to be condemned in the strongest possible terms." Mr Butcher said.

“Secondly I’d also like to condemn in the strongest possible way those responsible for bringing alcohol into our dry community, which is the source of this unacceptable behaviour.

“Make no mistake, I have no doubt about that at all, there are too many people in our community with too much time on their hands while the rest of us are working hard to build a future for our families and our children.

“The teacher concerned had a role to play in that, as most of us do, and those who are bringing in this ‘sly grog’ are as much to answer for this as the perpetrator.

“We must stop this from happening, there is only a small number but as we have seen overnight, the consequences can be devastating.

“Our thoughts are with the teacher concerned and we sincerely hope for her speedy recovery.”
A 26-year-old Lockhart River man was denied police bail and was due to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court today.


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