Alcohol hampers investigation into hotel assault
BUNDABERG police say they are cracking down hard on alcohol-fuelled violence on our streets.
The declaration comes after a 23-year-old backpacker was allegedly stomped on the head outside the Central Hotel on Friday night.
Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Bishop, the officer-in-charge of Bundaberg's Criminal Investigation Branch, said police were still trying to established what had happened, a task made more difficult because the people involved were drunk.
"An altercation occurred between two groups of males," Det Snr Sgt Bishop said.
"There was a large degree of intoxication on the night and the victim has not been able to tell us what has happened," he said.
"The victim went to hospital that night and was released the following morning with a fractured eye socket injury."
The man was taken to Bundaberg Hospital in a serious condition about 10pm on Friday.
Queensland Ambulance Service Wide Bay senior supervisor Martin Kelly said Central Hotel security staff told paramedics the man had been unconscious for about 10 minutes.
"It was alleged that the patient had his head stomped on by the offender," Mr Kelly said.
"He regained a certain level of consciousness and was transported to hospital in a stable but serious condition."
Det Snr Sgt Bishop said police believed three people had been involved, the victim and two assailants, who were known to each other.
He said the incident happened in Bundaberg's Safe Night Out precinct.
"The Safe Night Out Precinct strategy is designed to allow people to enjoy a night out on the town without the threat of violence.
"As many people are aware, through what has been reported time and time again in the media, alcohol-fuelled-violence on our streets can often lead to tragic results.
"We will be doing everything in our power to prosecute offenders.
"Any assaults or acts of violence are taken seriously by police and fully investigated and when supported by evidence, prosecution action is commenced."