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Hand hacked after catfight

A MAN'S hand was almost hacked off and another four people were in hospital after an alleged machete attack sparked by a fight over the ownership of a cat.

The incident happened on the outskirts of Gympie on Thursday night.

A man was in custody yesterday, another had been

released on bail and seven people were being questioned as police pieced

together the events that led to the bloody violence in the middle of Oak St just before midnight.

Two machetes, a hammer and a steering wheel brace are alleged to have been used in the fight.

Gympie police said yesterday they received multiple 000 calls about 11.30pm on Thursday from residents of the normally peaceful residential street.

They arrived at the scene to find five people lying on the ground, bleeding from various cuts.

A machete blade had gone through the bone of one man's arm.

The injured people were treated at the scene by police and ambulance officers

before being taken to Gympie Hospital. Gympie police officer-in-charge Snr Sgt Graeme Reeves said one man surrendered to police and was taken into custody.

Oak St looked like a battlefield yesterday, with police tape establishing a crime scene across the front yards of three homes, and blood all over the bitumen, in the gutters and on one driveway.

Pools of it were still visible in the grass on the other side of the street. Bloodied bandages and items of clothing also were strewn about.

A car parked outside one of the houses was dented and streaked with blood.

Topics:  cat, injury, machete attack




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